The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963


Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS
Adapted by CHERYL L. WEST
Music and Sound by PARIS RAY DOZIER

About the Show | Meet the Team | Access Weekend | Venue

“The Watsons teach us the importance of families sticking together and that seeing…even the most difficult things, can lead us to be empowered. We also learn much about the effects of PTSD on African American families throughout the civil rights era.” – Macaroni Kid

Rounding out the 2018-2019 Season, Chicago Children’s Theatre, in a co-commission with Seattle Children’s Theatre and the Launch Pad, UC Santa Barbara, opens a brand new adaptation of acclaimed author Christopher Paul Curtis’ groundbreaking, timeless work, The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963.

Meet “The Watsons,” a fun-loving family of five from Flint, Michigan.  When their oldest son Byron starts getting into trouble, the Watson Family decides to take him down south so that Grandma Sands can “set him straight.”  Mama, Daddy, Byron, Kenny, and Joetta pile into the family car, the “Brown Bomber,” and set off on an adventure-filled road trip to Birmingham, Alabama.  When they arrive, Bryon’s little brother Kenny finds more than he bargained for, a community simmering with tension during the height of the civil rights movement.  Come experience the transformative powers of hope, family, and courage in this World Premiere at Chicago Children’s Theatre.

Internationally acclaimed playwright Cheryl L. West adapts the work for CCT’s stage after penning the world premiere musical adaptation of Last Stop On Market Street. Wardell Julius Clark makes his directorial debut at CCT with Watsons.

*If you have special seating accommodations, please inform the Box Office 72 hours before your performance.

Meet the Team
Christopher Paul Curtis: Author
Cheryl L. West: Playwright
Wardell Julius Clark: Director
Paris Ray Dozier: Music and Sound

Access Weekend
Access Weekend for The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 will be Saturday, April 27. Performances times are Saturday, 11a and 2p.

A Touch Tour will be Saturday, April 27 at 1p. Contact Guest Services at boxoffice@chicagochildrenstheatre.org to learn more and sign-up!

ASL interpretation will be available for the Saturday, April 27 at the 11a performance.

Open Captioning will be provided for the 11a and 2p performances on Saturday, April 27.

For more information about access and inclusion at CCT, please visit our Accessibility page, or contact the Access department at access@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

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