Tag Archives: Book-It Repertory Theatre

Sylvie Davidson goes Western for Rubicon role

Poulsbo’s Sylvie Davidson is putting in a little overtime this weekend at Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, Calif., playing Hallie in an extended run of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”

Davidson, who recently completed a revival of “Emma” at Book-It Repertory in Seattle, reprising her performance in the title role, is listed as a current resident of Nashville, but has logged regular stage appearances in Seattle both at Book-It and A Contemporary Theatre, mixing her acting career with a parallel life as a singer-songwriter.

The show’s cast includes Hollywood veterans Gregory Harrison (“Trapper John, M.D.”, “Rizzoli & Isles” on TV) and Jeff Kober (“Sons of Anarchy,” “China Beach”). Originally set to close on March 20, the show proved so popular that the theater extended it through this weekend. DavidsonSylvie2‘s character is the love interest in Jethro Compton‘s script, drawing the attentions of both Bert Barricune (Harrison) and Ransome Foster (Jacques Roy, pictured at left with Davidson).

Broadway World’s review had this to say about Davidson, who also appeared at Rubicon in the Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards-nominated “Lonesome Traveler” when it moved there from off-Broadway:

The only character who surpasses the film’s counterpart is that of Hallie Jackson, the saloon keeper. … Davidson is totally believable in the role, talking coarsely in a dry-as-dust accent, being plain-spoken when she has to, but also capable of being a caring and vulnerable woman who sympathizes with Ransom’s dilemma.”

Davidson’s husband, Trevor Wheetman, is the show’s music director, providing original music that he performs on stage during the show on fiddle and guitars.

— MM

Sylvie Davidson is Book-It’s ‘Emma’ again

Sylvie Davidson, a North Kitsap native who’s been mixing successful careers in music and theater — and sometimes musical theater — will return to Book-It Repertory Theatre in December to reprise the title role in the theater’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma.”

Davidson originated the role in Book-It’s 2009 production, adapted from the novel by Rachel Atkins, who garnered a Gregory Award nomination for her work.

Davidson, who’s also appeared in Book-It’s adaptations of “The Highest Tide” and “Great ExpSylvieectations,” as well as prominent roles in “A Christmas Carol,” “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Tales of Wasps” at A Contemporary Theatre, other projects in Seattle-area venues and in productions of “Lonesome Traveler: A Journey Down the Rivers and Streams of American Folk” in New York and Los Angeles.

She’s also had success as a singer-songwriter, including membership in the Kitsap-born bluegrass band Waiting For Lizzie.

In “Emma,” which will run December 2-January 3 at the Center Theatre (downstairs in the Seattle Center Armory), Davidson will be joined by another returnee from the 2009 cast, Brian Thompson as Mr. Woodhouse.

Information: 206-216-0833, book-it.org.

— MM


Poulsbo actress treading the Book-It boards yet again

My daughter, Kate, and I have been reading Garth Stein’s “Racing in the Rain,” which is a more kid-friendly version of his dog’s-eye-view novel “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”
Coincidentally, Book-It Repertory Theatre — the company based in the Center House Theatre on the Seattle Center campus — currently is performing an adaptation of the book. The company has built a reputation for taking books, sometimes by Northwest-based authors, and turning them into plays.

Even more coincidentally, the cast of Book-It’s production includes Poulsbo native Sylvie Davidson, who Kate and I have seen twice as the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Contemporary Theatre’s crowd-pleasing annual mounting of “A Christmas Carol.” (I also saw her at ACT several seasons ago as the female lead in “Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” but Kate decided to give that one a miss.)
In all, this is Davidson’s fifth appearance with Book-It. Most recently, she played Estella in “Great Expectations,” and also has been in their productions of “The Highest Tide,” “Night Flight” and “Emma.”
There’s also a cinematic version of the Seattle-based “The Art of Racing in the Rain” reportedly in the works, produced by and starring Patrick Dempsey of TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy” — which also was set in Seattle.
Book-It’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” opened April 20 and runs through May 13, downstairs in the Center House. Get more information by calling 206-216-0833 or logging on to book-it.org.