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 Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle brings books to life

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6 great reads

What's in a book that makes it work as a play? We asked Jane Jones and Myra Platt. Here are a few books they've either put on the stage or plan to produce―books they feel everyone must read at least once.

Howards End by E.M. Forster. Compelling theater comes out of rich dialogue and strong characters: Here it's the language of upper-class Edwardian England in the mouths of two intuitive, smart women talking about an entangled inheritance.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Theater is about empathy. We feel sadness and joy as Angelou takes us with her as she grows up black and female in the American South of the 1930s and '40s.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. The ups and downs of growing up, and what it means to have a best friend, are universal experiences.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. The text brings the legendary commitment and power of the Hispanic family to life.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Strict manners, first impressions, and power struggles between women and men are always fuel for comedy. This is masked ambition at its best.

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. To watch four people move through life from adulthood into old age gives readers―and audiences―a mesmerizing glimpse into their own lives.

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