The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963, based on the book: "The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis adapted by Cheryl L. West, Directed by Risa Brainin

Event Date: 

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Reception 7-7:30pm preceding the event.  

Event Location: 

  • Art
  • Design & Architecture Museum

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Always free. No RSVP or ticket required.  

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

Based on the book: "The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis

Adapted by Cheryl L. West

Directed by Risa Brainin 


The play focuses on a buoyant, loving Michigan family of five who travel 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 to grandmas, for Kenny tends to get a little anxious about most changes to his routine. Yet, he will soon learn - after a horrific event that will rock the town as well as the country - that he’s more courageous than he ever thought himself capable.

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, 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.

  Cheryl L. West