In honor of Juneteenth, we are thrilled to share some incredible content with you as you continue having conversations with your children about race. We also want to celebrate BIPOC artists in our community. Included below is a poem by Terry Guest with artwork by Pierce I. Cruz that CCT specially commissioned to celebrate this day with you.

Our industry has a long way to go, as evidenced by a new study detailed in the New York Times earlier this week. While the article is focused on the shocking lack of racial equity in theatre for young audiences in the US, it does favorably mention two CCT world premiere productions that feature work by diverse artists Matt de la Pena’s Last Stop on Market Street and Christopher Paul Curtis’s The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – 1963, both adapted by Cheryl L. West.

Jacqueline Russell, CCT’s Artistic Director, is quoted as saying that the study sends a message to all theaters for young people “making us question again where we’re looking for our source material, and how we’re putting together our seasons.”

Since premiering at CCT, Last Stop on Market Street and The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963have been produced on stages across the country. Chicago Children’s Theatre is committed to listening, reflecting, engaging in dialogue, and taking action to dismantle racism in our industry and society. 

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A Note from the Visual Artist

“I wanted to visually explore the Juneteenth videos that I watched, and I spent the week planning out how to work on this design, and it’s variations through researching. Terry Guest’s poem helped reinforce the ideas I came up with and led to some studies and these variations.” – Pierce I. Cruz