Theatre as Ticket to Local History

In 2009, 4Culture sponsored development of a staged reading based on Two Wheels North, a book by Evelyn McDaniel Gibb. The traveling show brought to life the saga of two young men who rode their bicycles from Santa Rosa, California, to Seattle's A-Y-P in 1909. From that initial success, 4Culture launched the Historical Performance program, which has supported at least one production annually, offering entertaining approaches for communicating local history to expanded audiences through touring and site-specific presentations.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

by Timothy Egan

Adapted and directed by Annie Lareau of Book-It Repertory Theatre

This staged reading captures the riveting account of Edward Curtis' quest to photograph and document the vanishing ways and customs of more than 80 American Indian tribes in the early 20th century. Spanning 30 years and an entire continent, the production brings Curtis' adventures to vivid life.

Location Date Time
Auburn Library October 24 6:30pm FREE
Seattle Public Library (Central Library) November 6 7pm FREE
Kenmore Community Club December 4 7pm FREE
North Bend Theatre December 12 7pm

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In the Land of Rain and Salmon – Jewish Voices of the Northwest: 1880-1920

In the Land of Rain and Salmon - Jewish Voices of the Northwest, 1880-1920

In the Land of Rain and Salmon - Jewish Voices of the Northwest: 1880-1920

by Rachel Atkins and Annie Lareau

Produced by Washington State Jewish Historical Society and Book-It Repertory Theatre

Stories of immigration, assimilation, and perpetuation of cultural tradition permeate this five-actor staged reading recounting forty years of Ashkenazic and Sephardic history in and around King County.

Location Date Time
Temple de Hirsch Sinai October 29 7:15pm
Nordic Heritage Museum November 7 7:30pm

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The Future Remembered

The Future Remembered

The Future Remembered

by Paula Becker and Alan J. Stein

Adapted and directed by Annie Lareau for Book-It Repertory Theatre

The 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair prompted the official written history of Century 21, which was adapted as a staged reading. Touring throughout King County in thirty performances, the production depicted the fair's colorful movers and shakers and highlighted its amazing structures and events.

By the end of its run, the production had played thirty times at sites all around King County.

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Voices of Kent's Pioneers

Voices of Kent's Pioneers

by Rachel Atkins

Produced by the South King County Genealogical Society and Book-It Repertory Theatre

In this original production and its sequel, developed through genealogical research, the lives of those interred in Saar Pioneer Cemetery are related through multi-character vignettes presented onsite to an audience that follows the action from gravesite to gravesite around this landmark historical burial ground.

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Women's Votes, Women's Voices

Women's Votes, Women's Voices

by Shanna Stevenson

Adapted and directed by Annie Lareau of Book-It Repertory Theatre

Washington women first achieved voting rights in the 1880s, only to have them quickly taken away in court. It took until 1910 to persuade Washington men to pass an amendment to the state constitution that gave women permanent voting rights. This dramatization relates the struggle for women's suffrage in Washington.

Women's Votes, Women's Voices toured King County sites in 2010, including the Museum of History and Industry, where an appreciate audience member pledged support for performances at ten public schools.

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Two Wheels North

Two Wheels North

by Evelyn McDaniel Gibb

Adapted and directed by Annie Lareau of Book-It Repertory Theatre

In 1909, two fresh high school graduates cycle from Santa Rosa, California to Seattle, for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. Roads are few, and the boys encounter daunting challenges along the route. A $25 prize awaits them if they make Seattle before the final day of the A-Y-P.

Two Wheels North toured ten sites around King County in 2009, including Nordic Heritage Museum, Auburn Library, Daniels Recital Hall, Kirkland Heritage Hall, Covington Library, and Burien Little Theatre.

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