My Wonderful Birthday Suit!

My Wonderful Birthday Suit!

January 16 - February 18
Recommended for Ages 4 - 7

Written and Directed by Gloria Bond Clunie

About the Show
You’re invited!

When hurtful words about skin color slip out at a magical birthday party, three children explore their friendship, similarities, and differences. It’s 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. 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 advances the conversation from the common but outdated notion of tolerating differences to one of understanding, accepting, and celebrating our diversity.

My Wonderful Birthday Suit! from Chicago Children’s Theatre.

Will Wilhelm, Darci Nalepa, and Melanie Brezill in “My Wonderful Birthday Suit!” Photo by Chuck Osgood.

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 honest 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.

*If you require special seating accommodations, please inform Guest Services 72 hours before your performance.

Melznie Brezill, Darci Nalepa, and Will Wilhelm in “My Wonderful Birthday Suit!” Photo by Chuck Osgood.

Access Weekend:
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 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 1:45pm for My Wonderful Birthday Suit!

Open Captioning will be provided on Saturday, February 3 at the 9:30am and 11:30am performances.

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 access@chicagochildrenstheatre.org

What Critics are Saying:
“an important message with a light compassionate touch” and “a Seussian touch of whimsy” – Chicago Tribune

“timeless…full of delights” – Buzz Center Stage

“thoughtful and sweet…an honest take on the difference between tolerance and celebration”Chicago Parent

“[a] kid-friendly parable refreshingly dispels the “I don’t see race” myth and encourages young children to embrace skin color, not merely “tolerate” it.”Chicago Reader

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.

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