The Year I Didn’t Go To School

The Year I Didn’t Go To School

February 28 - March 19
All Ages

World Premiere
Adapted by Heidi Stillman and Caroline Macon
From the book by Giselle Potter
Directed by Heidi Stillman, Artistic Director, Lookingglass Theater
Choreographed by Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi
Produced in association with The Actors Gymnasium
Duration: 60 minutes

About this Show
Based on the book by acclaimed illustrator Giselle Potter, The Year I Didn’t Go To School: A Homemade Circus adapts her whimsical autobiographical work into a fantastical stage production for the first time.

Join seven-year-old Giselle and her sister Chloë as they spend a year traveling through Italy by truck, performing in their parents’ puppet theater company, The Mystic Paper Beasts. Get a glimpse into the childhood that no doubt helped foster her development as an artist.

A delightful, family friendly theatrical event, The Year I Didn’t Go to School: A Homemade Circus is a magical journey through childhood. Combining Potter’s unique story, whimsical design elements, and exciting circus arts, this is one you don’t want to miss!

Check out the trailer for The Year I Didn’t Go to School by clicking the image below!

CCT’s third world premiere in the 2016.2017 season, The Year I Didn’t Go to School: A Homemade Circus is sure to be a thrilling theatrical experience, combining circus elements and a unique story.

What Critics are Saying

“a moving hour of theatre” Chicago Tribune

“a production that’s as wonderfully playful as it’s title suggests”  Chicago Reader

“sparkle and energy…near-perfect performances”  Third Coast Review

“warmhearted, thoroughly enjoyable adaptation” Chicago Theatre Review

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
Box Office: 872-222-9555
Box Office Phone Hours:
9 AM – 1 PM on Tuesday-Friday

Due to construction on the lot next door to the Ruth Page Center, parking can currently be found at the following locations:
-Newberry Plaza, 1030 N. State Street, around the corner from the venue
-LAZ Parking, next to the Hotel Indigo (1250 N. Dearborn Street), just north of Division Street
-On-street parking, metered at $4/hour, two-hour maximum

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