About the Show
You’re invited! In a Land Beyond the Rainbow, in a room overflowing with beautifully wrapped presents, three children explore their friendship, similarities, and differences at a magical birthday party!
What follows is a story of learning through experience and communication; a story of redemption and forgiveness. My Wonderful Birthday Suit! includes music, puppetry and a visit to the splendiferous Thinking Tree where one is gently inspired to contemplate one’s own words and actions. My Wonderful Birthday Suit! concludes with kindness, generosity and the sharing of a big, amazing present, symbolizing one of the work’s major themes: that we as people are ALL gifts to be treasured and celebrated inside and out. My Wonderful Birthday Suit! advances the conversation from the common but outdated notion of tolerating differences to one of understanding, accepting, and celebrating our diversity.
The audience is encouraged to participate in the party atmosphere throughout, further contributing to the sense of a communal learning process. While this is a story crafted for very young audiences, it confronts the issues of race and use of hurtful language in very stark terms, thereby preparing young children and equipping their families, and educators, to cultivate a community that promotes peace and unity.
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 15th World Premiere production, My Wonderful Birthday Suit! was spun from a conversation between playwright Gloria Bond Clunie and Chicago Children’s Theatre Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell about Michael Tyler’s children’s book, The Skin You Live In, regarding the need for opportunities to positively and safely educate youth about outward appearances.
*If you have special seating accommodations, please inform the Box Office 72 hours before your performance.
For guests attending any performance of My Wonderful Birthday Suit! who are blind or have low vision, we will offer a guided tour of the production at 9am on Saturday, February 3. This touch-tour allows for a deeper connection and understanding of the performance. Children and adults alike are allowed to touch portions of the scenery, props, and costumes while also meeting the cast and listening to them describe their characters and appearance. Sign up for the touch tour on February 3 at 9am for My Wonderful Birthday Suit! is coming soon!
On Sunday, February 4, we will offer sensory friendly performances at both 9:30am and 11:30am. A quiet room and family restroom will be available.
Information regarding ASL and audio described performances is coming soon!
For more information about access and inclusion at CCT, contact the Access department at email@example.com
Chicago Children’s Theatre: The Station
Pritzker Family Studio Theatre
100 S. Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60607
Getting to the Theatre and Parking
Chicago Children’s Theatre is conveniently located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, minutes from I90 and I290, as well as downtown and Ashland Ave.
We are happy to offer free onsite parking at The Station on the south side of the building, entering from Racine Ave. Additional parking is also available in the following locations:
– Impark parking lot, located at 1301 West Madison Street
– On-street parking, metered at $2/hour, 3 hour maximum
Please see the map below for specific directions to Chicago Children’s Theatre.