Book-It Repertory Theatre is closing the curtain after 33 years of producing literature-based theatre. Book-It’s last production, Solaris, will continue to run through July 9.
Book-It Rep previously announced their 2023/24 season, including four productions: Frankenstein, Fellow Passengers, Crumbs/Migas, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This upcoming season is now cancelled. Refunds will be made to those who purchased a 2023/24 season subscription or flex pass, or patrons can turn their purchase into a donation. To refund a purchase, email Book-It at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.216.0833.
Difficulty recovering from the pandemic and “a business model that doesn’t work in today’s environment” are the reasons given by Book-It for shuttering its doors. Book-It employs 18 permanent staff and over 260 cast members, designers, artisans, directors, writers, technicians, and dramaturgs.
“This is an incredibly difficult decision to make. We know the reverberations this will have on the theatre industry in this town, on actors, stage managers, stage technicians and crews, writers, directors. We need mid-sized theatres such as Book-It for the entire eco-system to flourish,” said Christine Stepherson, Book-It Board President. “We have a dream team of artisans and staff at Book-It who believe in our mission and have gone above and beyond, we have a small but dedicated board, but we don’t currently have a model that works.”
Tickets are available for Solaris playing now through July 9 at Center Theatre.