The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963
This event posted by: orock
Friday, March 15, 2019 thru Saturday, March 24, 2018
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
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World premiere Kennedy Center commission
Meet the Watsons of Flint, Michigan: Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, big brother Byron, and ten-year-old Kenny. When Byron can’t stay out of trouble, the whole family piles into their “Brown Bomber” and drives south to visit Grandma Sands for the summer. But along the way, they’ll experience
a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement.
Christopher Paul Curtis’s Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning book comes to life in a staged concert reading adaptation by Christina Ham with live music. Told through Kenny’s ever-witty perspective, The Watsons Go to Birmingham captures hilarious family antics alongside poignant observations of Birmingham’s tragic church bombing. Experience the beloved story of a family’s bond and endurance amidst one of the darkest periods in America’s history.
Most enjoyed by age 9 and up. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Mar. 23 at 2 p.m. is a sensory-friendly performance.
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.
Stay after for a Creative Conversation
Following the 2 p.m. performance on Mar. 16, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.
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