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In search of Henry & Keiko

Book-It Theatre's production in 2012. Director, Annie Lareau, front row, second from the right.I'm breaking my blog vow of silence (while I'm writing, and YES, the new book will melt your heart into a puddle) to announce some wonderful news: a theatre outside of Sacramento is casting Hotel on the Corner of You Know What as we speak! They're looking for Henry, Keiko, Sheldon, Mrs. Beatty, even Henry's father, plus extras galore.

Annie Lareau, who adapted and directed HOTEL for Book-It Theatre's 39 sold-out shows is doing it again, this time at CATS, the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, a wonderful venue with a rich history.

This makes my heart happy in so many ways. Especially with the current yellowface production of The Mikado that's running in Seattle right now. Proof that we're not quite living in a post-racial world. Ah, but I digress...

Henry & Keiko are coming back to the stage. THIS IS BIG NEWS! So spread the word!

And get your tickets early. I'll see you on opening night.


39 sold-out performances, 26 amazing actors, 1 humbled author

Pardon me while a pause as the curtain falls on Book-It Theatre's run of Hotel on the Corner of You Know What. Kudos to Annie Lareau for directing her heart out and to the amazing cast. Not to mention lighting, set design, music, costuming, and dozens of crew and volunteers who made this happen. I could not be prouder of these guys.

In other news, the NEW BOOK still doesn't have a title but I'm allllmoooost done with edits. Look for a new hardback in January 2014. Sorry for the wait. And now I'm off to the Vegas Valley Book Festival.


Hotel on the Corner of Sold Out

To be perfectly honest I was quite nervous to see Hotel on stage. Not because I doubted the director or the incredible actors, but because my words would be up there, on display for the whole world to see in a new way. (I don't even listen to my audio books because it's just...too...weird).

But after sitting in the audience at Book-It Theatre on opening night, all I can say is wow. They took an okay book and turned it into a wonderful play. I was blown away by director, Annie Lareau, and am still in awe of the cast. I loved, loved, loved it and I guess I'm not the only one because the entire run is now sold out. But, if you're intrepid you can go to any of the sold-out shows and get on the stand-by list. As many as a dozen seats regularly come open each night, so there's still a chance.

And at the end of the show, much to my surprise and the delight of my overwhelmed senses, the cast pulled me onstage for the final bow before a standing ovation.

I'm still twitterpated.


Hotel on the Corner of Stage Left

Due to the recent fury of writing I've been lax in mentioning that Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theatre is presenting a unique literary stage adaptation of Hotel. The production features a cast of 26, and costuming, set design, music, and rehearsals are well under way.The world premiere is September 22nd (I'll be there!)

The run has already been extended to October 28 and tickets are on sale now.