LAUNCH PAD production of “The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963”

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:30 AM

LAUNCH PAD in a co-commission with Seattle Children’s Theatre and Chicago Children's Theatre presents a brand new adaptation of acclaimed author Christopher Paul Curtis’ groundbreaking, timeless work, The Watsons Go To Birmingham- 1963. The play centers on a buoyant, loving Michigan family of five travelling south to Alabama during the turbulent summer of 1963, a time of racially motivated upheaval and civil unrest. Ten-year-old Kenny is conflicted about this family vacation, but as his world expands, Kenny learns he’s more courageous than he ever thought himself capable. 

The Watsons shares themes with current films such as Green Book, The Hate U Give, and If Beale Street Could Talk, and is 80 minutes of pure enjoyment. Adapted from a beloved children's book of the same title, The Watsons is the result of a true collaboration of talent and partnership and is bringing out the best in its cast and crew. Family-friendly, ages 9 and up.

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:00pm, t​hrough Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2:00pm (for a full list of show times, click here). 
Where: Performing Arts Theater
Ticket Pricing: General Admission $16+; UCSB Staff, Alumni, Seniors, Youth $12+ 

Valentine's Day (Feb 14th) - discounted tickets with the code LOVELOVE and love themed crafts available starting at 7pm before the show. 

Bring your kids to campus (Feb 15th) - buy 1 get 1 free (code THEATERKIDS) discount for all faculty and staff on campus + special kids games and crafts available starting at 7pm before the show. 

You can purchase tickets at the PAT box office or online here

Learn more about The Watsons here and here.

Cheryl L. West’s plays have been seen in England, off-Broadway, on Broadway (Play On!) and in numerous regional theaters around the country. Her plays include Shout Sister Shout, Akeelah and the Bee, Pullman Porter Blues, and Jar the Floor. She has written TV and film projects at Disney, Paramount, MTV Films, Showtime, TNT, HBO, and CBS, and is the Webby-nominated writer for the original web series Diary of a Single Mom. Ms. West is currently working on commissions for Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Children’s Theater, Minneapolis Children’s theater, and Seattle Children’s Theater.