“The themes and experiences captured in this play are historic, very real events in America’s past, but they are not history. In a half decade, The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963’s relevancy has only increased. Kenny is tasked with understanding a hate and racism that are overt, and while some contemporary experiences are more subtle, we know both continue to persist.” said Kevin Malgesini, SCT’s Managing Director.
In a documentary with LAUNCHPAD about the making of The Watsons Go To Birmingham–1963, created by the UC Santa Barbara Film and Media Studies students, playwright Cheryl L. West explains, “...what I was interested in is ‘How do children understand trauma?’ I love the idea that a child can be healed by a sibling." As Kenny is thrust into a world of the unknown, audiences watch the bond of these siblings grow.
Originally premiering at Chicago Children’s Theatre in 2018, then LAUNCHPAD UC Santa Barbara in 2019, The Watsons Go To Birmingham–1963 is the third production in SCT’s 21-22 season.
“At its core this show is about how Kenny makes sense of this real trauma, how it shapes his experience and understanding of the world,” said Malgesini. “It seems poignant and timely in its own way that this play is being realized on our stage as all young people have been through a trauma of sorts.”
Tickets for The Watsons Go To Birmingham–1963 are on sale now and can be purchased at sct.org.
What: The Watsons Go To Birmingham–1963 based on the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis and adapted by Cheryl L. West
Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre – under the space needle at 201 Thomas Street.
When: May 3-May 22
Cost: Tickets from $25
Purchase at sct.org.
Under SCT for ALL, SCT provides low-cost and free tickets to young people and any family who express need. To book tickets simply call (206) 441-3322 or email the Ticket Office and set any price for any upcoming show in the 21-22 season.
The Sensory Friendly/Relaxed Performance
May 15, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.
SCT’s Sensory Friendly performance incorporates special modifications to accommodate children and families with sensory needs. Learn more about Sensory Friendly Performances here.
American Sign Language and Audio Described Performance
May 14, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.
Central to Seattle Children’s Theatre’s mission is a commitment to serving diverse communities including those who are deaf and hard of hearing and who have low vision or blindness. Tickets for ASL/AD performances are available throughout the season online or through the Ticket Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 441-3322.
Industry Night for Educators and Arts Partners
Industry Night is a chance for educators and arts collaborators to connect and experience the joy of SCT ahead of the general public. Pay-What-You-Choose (PWYC) performances occur every first Tuesday preview for all remaining productions in the 21-22 season. Tickets can be booked by contacting the Ticket Office via email, 206.441.3322, or in-person during regular operating hours.
- The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 | May 3 at 7 P.M.
- Airplay | June 1 at 7 P.M.
May 21, 2022 after the 4:30 PM performance of The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963
Join Northwest African American Museum and Seattle Children’s Theatre for an intergenerational panel of elders in the Civil Rights movement and young leaders today for a conversation about the lived experiences of being young in a period of national conversation around anti-racism.
Moderated by Ms. Michelle Merriwether, President & CEO of the Urban League
Rowin Mateo-Breaux Byron Watson
Nicholas Japaul Bernard Daddy (Daniel Watson)
Kaila Towers Mama (Wilona Wilson)
Anjelica McMillan Joey Watson
Shaunyce Omar Grandma Sands
James Schilling Buphead/Southerner/Wool Pooh
Lamar Legend Understudy for Daddy & Bryon Watson
Rosslyn “Roz” Cornejo Understudy for Mama & Grandma Sands
Shana Edouard Understudy for Joey Watson
Andy Walker Understudy for Buphead/Southerner/Wool Pooh
Rosslyn “Roz” Cornejo Assistant Director
Cheryl L. West Playwright
Danielle Zandri Stage Manager
Cyrus Khambatta Choreographer
Noelle Diane Johnson EDI Consultant
Alyssa Franks Dialect Coach
Burton K. Yuen Scenic Designer
Trevor Bowen Costume Designer
Sarah Burch Gordon Associate Costume Designer
Miko Simmons Projections Designer
Michael Klaers Lighting Designer
Michael Keck Original Scoring & Soundscape Designer
Joseph Swartz Video Programmer
The 2021-2022 season is supported by generous contributions from season sponsors Microsoft, ArtsFund, The Shubert Foundation, Safeco Insurance, and Liberty Mutual Foundation which will help the organization serve 130,000 annually and provide more than 60,000 free or significantly reduced tickets to children in the Puget Sound area.