What do you get when you combine poetry, prose and improv theater? Find out at Bibliophilia, a four-night festival starting Tuesday, Sept. 27, which will bring the page to the stage at The Seattle Public Library’s Central Library.

Bibliophilia is curated by Jekeva Phillips, a Seattle writer, producer and actor, and features improv groups the Bibliophilia Players and Unexpected Productions. It will take place at the Central Library’s Microsoft Auditorium each night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Registration is required. Click on the links below to register for each night’s event.

Each event will highlight a different theme:

  • Heathcliff Letters (Tuesday, Sept. 27): Learn everything you ever need to know about great literature without cracking a book. Audience members can shout out the title of a novel they’ve always wanted to read, and sit back and enjoy as the Bibliophilia Players, a group of improvisational actors, share the Heathcliff Letters version. 
  • Bestsellers (Wednesday, Sept. 28): Everyone loves the “what comes next?” feeling of reading a good book. Bibliophilia’s “Bestsellers” night takes that feeling to the next level where both audience and cast discover what comes next, improvised onstage and in the moment. (Presented in partnership with Unexpected Productions.)
  • Vonnegut (Thursday, Sept. 29): Like Kurt Vonnegut — known for his satirical literary style, deconstruction of time, humor, and science-fiction elements — the Bibliophilia Players will tell a story by jumping around in time while exploring the lovely (and awful) things humans do. All improvised, of course. (Presented in partnership with Unexpected Productions.)
  • Bibliophilia Quiz Show (Friday, Sept. 30): Get ready to nerd out! Volunteers from the audience will have an opportunity to play games and win amazing prize packages, mixed with a special live reading and performance that combines prose, improvisational theater, and poetry.


About Jekeva Phillips

Jekeva Phillips — writer, producer, actor, voice artist, aerialist, events host and improv performer — loves to create and produce events that showcase Seattle’s immense talent. She is the current managing director of Lit Crawl Seattle and creator of Bibliophilia Storytelling Festival. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Word Lit Zine, a literary rag for Seattle’s readers and writers, from its birth in 2014 until its end in 2021. Her poetry chapbook “Les Amants: Lovers and Other Strangers” was published in 2016.

Bibliophilia is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation.    



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