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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963


  • Chicago Children's Theatre 100 South Racine Avenue Chicago, IL, 60607 United States (map)
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The Center for Childhood Resilience is partnering with Chicago Children's Theatre to provide educators, parents, caregivers, and the play’s cast & crew with a trauma-informed perspective for the upcoming production of “The Watson’s Go to Birmingham - 1963." The play is based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis, and opens March 30th with performances through May 19th. Through cast and crew trainings, educator materials, and trauma-informed resources, CCR is building the capacity of adults who work with or care for children, to process the traumatic events that take place in the play and create a safe space for guided discussion.  

In addition, on April 27th, student audience members will be invited to attend a half-hour long “Talk Back” session following the performance. This trauma-focused “Talk Back” session will offer youth the opportunity to both share reactions and collaboratively process the stressful experiences of the Watson family. CCR’s team of mental health professionals will provide education and support around normal reactions to stress and trauma, particularly among children and adolescents.

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, resilience, and courage at the Chicago Children’s Theatre. LEARN MORE & BUY TICKETS HERE