Does your love of literature cause you to appreciate the well-chosen word and the perfectly punctuated sentence? Is the New Yorker one of your favorite magazines? And do you love theatre? If you answered yes to any of the above, then quickly order your tickets for “little book.”
Presented by for/word, a traveling theatre company in Seattle from July 14 through July 17, it is too good to miss. Built entirely from the written words of its three main characters, this incredibly clever production is a story of love, writer’s anguish, procrastination, as well as misguided criticism.
At their relatively new home in the backwoods of Maine, Katherine White, the famed New Yorker editor, and E.B. White, New Yorker writer and esteemed author, adjust to life in the country after years in Manhattan. He, fascinated by a little mouse who shares their dwelling, struggles to write a children’s story about a character he calls Stuart Little.
Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, the noted children’s librarian Anne Carroll Moore relentlessly pursues her task of encouraging children to read and to use libraries. Her life and the lives of the White’s intersect—wonderfully and sadly.
Seattle’s own Peach Pittenger is the purposeful and prim librarian stalwart in her sometimes misguided decisions. Yet Pittenger manages to give her endearing undertones too. Christina Ritter in her Ferragamo shoes there in rocky Maine is all business yet also the adoring and kittenish wife. Christopher M. Roche’s portrayal of E.B. or Andy, as Katherine calls him, shows vividly the writer’s anguish as well as his wit.
“Delicious,” that’s a word E.B. might not have chosen, and Katherine would have been appalled, but this confection is just that. Jennifer Schlueter, who’s a great admirer of Book-It, wrote this delight. She is an enormous talent. Check it out and see for yourself.
Through July 17 at The Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave. E., Seattle; tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event /181507 or 800 838-3006.