In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao’s only solace is her diary. Across the Pacific, Ruth is a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As a mystery unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
The show runs through October 9 at the Center Theatre in Seattle Center, near the Space Needle. Book-It partners with local independent bookstores like Queen Anne Book Company to offer books for sale at the theater.
The play, adapted directly from the novel, is a perfect outing for book clubs. To supplement your own discussions, you can also join events hosted by Book-It:
Post-Play Discussion: Bullying
You’re invited to join us on Sunday, Sept 25 at approximately 4:30pm for a post-play discussion with Adapter Laura Ferri about school bullying. Free and open to all.
Post-Play Discussion: Chris Higashi
You’re invited to join us on Sunday, Oct 2 at approximately 4:30pm for a post-play discussion to honor Chris Higashi and the Washington Center for the Book. Free and open to all.
Can’t make it during this run? Book-It has three more plays this season: