Announcing Taproot Theatre Company’s

2024 Jewell Mainstage Season

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“Thy friendship makes us fresh  
And doth beget new courage in our breasts.”
        – William Shakespeare, Henry VI

Dear Friends,  

The wait is over, and I’m excited to finally share Taproot Theatre Company’s 48th season with you! 2024 will be filled with Friends & Families bringing out the very best in each other. Marvel as the power of friendship accomplishes the impossible in The Book of Will and Sister Act. Revel in the extraordinariness of seemingly ordinary families in How to Write a New Book for the Bible and A Raisin in the Sun. And sit back and enjoy the mystery of Sherlock Holmes and the Precarious Position, while witnessing one of the most recognizable friendships in literature.  

We designed this season to lift you up because if we’ve learned one thing in the last few years, it’s that we truly are “better together” when surrounded by our Friends & Families. 

See you at the theatre! 

Karen Lund
Producing Artistic Director

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2024 Season Plays

Title image for The Book of Will Featuring a 19th century caricature of William shakespeare.


The Book of Will

By Lauren Gunderson 

Shakespeare is dead. But in an act of undying devotion, his dearest friends rally to keep his plays alive by publishing every word he wrote, before time erases them forever. This irreverent and entertaining tale celebrates storytelling, community, and an unselfish act that changed the world forever. For booklovers and history buffs, and anyone whose love has inspired them to persevere. 

Jan 24–Feb 24, 2024 



Title image for how to write a new book for the bible with a self-help book type treatment and a photo of an old persons hands holding a vintage photo album.

How to Write a New Book for the Bible 

By Bill Cain 

“Write what you know” the saying goes. But when Bill Cain moves home to help his dying mother, he doesn’t have the words to capture the mystery of his own family. Amidst doctor appointments and baseball games he begins to see how seemingly ordinary details become the lifegiving rituals that shape our lives.

Mar 20–Apr 20, 2024 



Title art for Sherlock Holmes and the Precarious position, featuring a young male model in profile posing as Holmes in deerstalker cap and meerschaum pipe. He is nearly in silhouette against a stained pink background.


Sherlock Holmes and the Precarious Position 

By Margaret Raether 
Based on the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

Corsets, crowns, and a missing royal jewel set the stage for a battle of wits in this tale of deception, suspense, and deduction. When the bookish Perkins sisters approach Sherlock Holmes with a case, they unveil a theatrical scheme of encyclopedic proportions. 4 actors play multiple characters and the mystery turns deadly. 

May 15–Jun 15, 2024 


Title image for sister act with a colorful disco-meets-cathedral vibe.

Sister Act 

Music by Alan Menken 
Lyrics by Glenn Slater 
Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner 

A feel-good musical comedy like “nun” other! Delores dreams of fame and fortune, but after witnessing a murder she lands in protective custody. Being disguised as a nun can’t cramp her style, and soon she’s inspired the whole choir. 

Featuring original music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Little Mermaid, Aladdin)! 

Jul 10–Aug 10, 2024 


Title art for A Raisin in the Sun featuring a line drawing of a city street on a sunny day.


A Raisin in the Sun 

By Lorraine Hansberry 

An American classic! A life insurance payout provides a path for Lena Younger to move her Black family from their cramped apartment to an affordable home in a historically white neighborhood. But racial intolerance threatens to turn their American dream into heartbreak. This 1959 masterpiece “changed American theater forever” (New York Times) and continues to resonate in our hearts today. 

Sep 18–Oct 19, 2024 

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2024 Season Sponsors Include: 

The 2024 season sponsors are Artsfund, KCTS 9, 4 culture, Seattle office of arts and culture, Arts Wa, the national endowment for the arts, Ellis, Li & McKinstry, Green Trails Maps, Janus Apartments, Piper village, Susan Rutherford, MD, and Period Corsets.