The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

March 26 - April 28, 2019

Based on the book "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963," by Christopher Paul Curtis
Adapted by Cheryl L West
Directed by Wardell Julius Clark
Music and Sound by Paris Ray Dozier

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About the Show
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, will open a brand new adaptation of acclaimed author Christopher Paul Curtis’ groundbreaking, timeless work, The Watsons Go To Birmingham- 1963.

When Kenny’s older brother starts getting into too much trouble in Michigan, it’s decided that he needs to pay a visit to Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama to straighten him out. The whole family – Momma, Dad, Byron, Kenny and Joetta – sets out on a cross-country journey in the family car, the “Brown Bomber.” When they make it to Birmingham, however, they find much more than they bargained for. The powerful story reminds us that during times of crisis, hope reveals itself in the forms of family and friendships; learning, growing, and evolving.

Internationally acclaimed playwright Cheryl L. West will to adapt the work for CCT’s stage after penning the world premiere musical adaptation of Last Stop on Market Street. Wardell Julius Clark will make 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 and Sunday, April 13 and 14. Performances times are Saturday, 10:30AM, 12:30PM, and 3PM, and Sunday, 10:30AM and 12:30PM.

ASL interpretation will be available for the Saturday, April 13 at the 10:30AM performance.

Open Captioning will be provided for the 10:30AM and 12:30PM performances on Saturday, April 13.

On Sunday, April 14, we will offer sensory friendly performances at both 10:30am and 12:30pm. A quiet room and family restroom will be available.

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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100 South Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

Getting to the Theatre and Parking
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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

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