Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is Adapted to the Stage

We are so excited! Book-It Repertory Theatre is presenting on the stage CityDog book club favorite The Art of Racing in the Rain by Seattle author Garth Stein. The world premiere adaptation of this story told in the voice of a dog plays April 17 through May 13 in the Center Theatre; pay-what-you-will previews are April 17 and 18, paid preview is April 19; and opening night is Friday, April 20.

This phenomenal bestseller by Garth Stein is a CityDog all-time favorite (to read our review and purchase a copy, click here)—and it holds a nearly perennial spot on the New York Times best seller list—since it was published in 2008. The Art of Racing in the Rain tells a family story from the perspective, and in the voice of Enzo, a wise and fiercely loyal mutt who dreams of being a race car driver just like his human best friend, Denny. Enzo has developed his own particular spirituality and educated himself largely through watching television; he applies all he’s learned to understanding his human’s condition. Because, to Enzo’s amazement and delight, Denny explains things to him (“he explained things to me —to me!”), Enzo learns that winning a race isn’t always about who can go the fastest around the circuit; it’s also about the strategy and technical skill it takes to steer around the hazards. Just like life. And he learns first-hand what it means to say, “That which you manifest is before you.”

The cast of The Art of Racing in the Rain features David S. Hogan as the philosophical canine, Enzo and Eric Riedmann as Denny with (alphabetically) Zoey Belyea, Mae Corley , Sylvie Davidson, Mike Dooly, Peter Jacobs, Amy Mayes, Eleanor Moseley, Andre Nelson, and Alec Wilson.

Author Garth Stein first published The Art of Racing in the Rain in 2008. It has been a number one BookSense selection, a Starbucks book selection, on the IndieBound bestseller list, long on the New York Times best seller list, translated into 30 languages, and adapted for young readers. Stein’s other books include How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets (2005), Raven Stole the Moon (2010), the full-length play, Brother Jones, and he is the producer of award-winning documentaries. With several fellow local authors, Stein started the collective, Seattle7Writers, a group dedicated to supporting local writers, local independent booksellers, and libraries. He lives in Seattle.

Tickets for The Art of Racing in the Rain range from $22 (students) to $44 (Apr 20 opening night, includes party) and can be purchased at www.book-it.org or by calling 206.216.0833. Performances are at 2pm for matinées, or 7:30pm for evening shows; The Art of Racing in the Rain will be performed in the Center Theatre, and runs for 2 hours, 20 minutes. Post-play discussions follow the Sunday matinées on April 29 and May 6.

Click here to buy The Art of Racing in the Rain

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