"The Maltese Falcon" adapted by Jane Jones, at Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, in 2018. Pictured: Kjerstine Rose Anderson and Arlando Smith. (Photo by John Ulman)

Book-It Repertory Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season

The five-show season’s literary adaptations include works by Charlotte Brontë, Willa Cather, Imbolo Mbue, Gin Hammond, and Tom Hansen.

SEATTLE: Book-It Repertory Theatre has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring five productions.

“We are excited to be producing five stories that all share in the idea of dreaming big, surviving incredible and often debilitating adversity, and ultimately rejoicing in being with family, being alive and in love,” said founding co-artistic directors Jane Jones and Myra Platt in a statement.

The season will start with Jane Eyre (Sept. 13-Oct. 14), adapted by Julie Beckman from the novel by Charlotte Brontë, about a young woman orphaned as a child who takes up a job as a governess where she meets a brooding young man. Beckman will direct.

Next up will be Willa Cather’s My Ántonia (Nov. 29-Dec. 30), adapted by Annie Lareau, about a man in Blackhawk, Neb., whose childhood memories are woven together with the struggles of his neighbor, a newly arrived immigrant from Bohemia. Lareau will direct.

Following will be Tom Hansen’s American Junkie (Feb. 14-March 10, 2019), adapted by Jane Jones and Kevn McKeon, about a musician’s story of addiction and journey from budding perform to broken-down junkie during Seattle’s grunge years. Jones will direct.

Next will be Returning the Bones (March 28-April 14, 2019), written and performed by Gin Hammond, about a young African-American medical student faced with the decision to either risk her life fighting for the Civil Rights Movement or pursue her dream to live in Paris.

The season will conclude with Behold the Dreamers (June 6-30, 2019), adapted by Platt from Imbolo Mbue, about a Cameroonian couple trying to make a life for themselves in America during the Great Recession. Lanise Antoine Shelley will direct.

Founded in 1990, Book-It is dedicated to bringing great literature and quality theatre to the stage.