The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

By Christopher Paul Curtis, adapted by Cheryl L. West

Directed by Brandite Reed and Jeff Frank

Ten-year-old Kenny chronicles the events of a fateful summer for the Watson family of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny’s older brother Byron starts getting into too much trouble, Mama and Daddy decide the family needs to pay a visit to Grandma Sands in Alabama to set him straight. Mama, Daddy, Kenny, Byron and youngest sister Joetta set out on a cross-country journey, heading south and toward a moment in American history where the world seems to change before their eyes. Performance runtime is approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission. Suggested for families with young people ages 8+.

Produced by First Stage at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N Water Street, Milwaukee

Performances: January 21 - February 13, 2022

Performance Times:
• Friday, Jan 21 at 7:00 pm
• Saturday, Jan 22 at 1:00 & 4:00 pm
• Sunday, Jan 23 at 1:00 & 4:00 pm
• Friday, Jan 28 at 7:00 p.m. – PAY WHAT YOU CHOOSE
• Saturday, Jan 29 at 1:00 & 4:00 p.m. – SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE AT 4:00 pm
• Sunday, Jan 30 at 1:00 & 4:00 pm
• Friday, Feb 4 at 7:00 pm
• Saturday, Feb 5 at 1:00 & 4:00 pm
• Sunday, Feb 6 at 1:00 & 4:00 pm
• Friday, Feb 11 at 7:00 pm
• Saturday, Feb 12 at 1:00 & 4:00 pm – ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE at 4:00 pm
• Sunday, Feb 13 at 1 pm

Ticket Prices: start at $21 – Purchase tickets at or Marcus Center Box Office, 929 N. Water Street in downtown Milwaukee or phone 414-273-7206 or toll free 888-612-3500. The number for TDD (for deaf and hard of hearing patrons) is 414-273-3080.

Call 414-273-7206 for reservations or more information.

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