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Imagine U: Last Stop on Market Street
Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Caldecott Honor
By Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Adapted and Directed by
Gloria Bond Clunie
Recommended for ages 6+
Estimated Runtime: 65 minutes, no intermission
I had the pleasure of catching this wonderful show at Chicago Children's Theatre back in 2018 and I'm thrilled that Northwestern is bringing it back to the area in 2021. This delightful story is a must see for families. I'm betting the adults will enjoy it every bit as much as the younger audience members. Book now as the Imagine U series is wildly popular and this short run is likely to sell out. Not quite ready to brave an indoor performance with unvaccinated littles? Wirtz has excellent covid precautions in place and they're also offering a streaming option you can watch from home. There's also a Sensory Friendly Performance Sunday, Nov. 21 @ 2 p.m. for greater accessibility. Full details are below. Don't miss this!
Fri., 11/12 @ 7 p.m.
Sat., 11/13 @ 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sun., 11/14 @ 2 p.m.
Fri., 11/19 @ 7 p.m.
Sat., 11/20 @ 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sun., 11/21 @ 2 p.m.
Streaming: Fri., 12/3 @ 9 a.m. through Sun., 12/12 @ 11:59 p.m.
Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive
One Sunday morning, CJ and his Nana set out in the rain on their weekly bus ride across town. Along the way, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car, or headphones, or an iPad like his friends. Most of all he wishes they didn’t have to journey to the scary last stop on Market Street. Their trip through the bustling city becomes an exciting magical adventure which helps CJ solve a mysterious riddle, make unexpected special friends — including Mumford, The Dragon, and discover a wonderful new kind of beauty.
Creative Drama Workshops Nov. 14 and 21
Following the 2 p.m. performances on Nov. 14, 21, Northwestern teaching artists and members of the cast will offer a 45-minute creative drama workshop. The workshop is free and open to any child who attends the show. Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate. Space is limited; reservations are required, and can be made by e-mailing the Wirtz Center Box Office (wirtz.northwestern.edu). The Nov. 14 workshop will take place in Room 101 in the Wirtz Center (participants will meet in the Barber Lobby and be escorted outside to the Workshop room). The Nov. 21 workshop will take place in the Bergan Rehearsal Room located in the Wirtz Center (participants will meet in the Barber Lobby and be escorted outside to the Workshop room).
Sensory Friendly Performance Sunday, Nov. 21 @ 2 p.m.
This adapted performance facilitated by Imagine U will provide a relaxed and safe environment for autistic and otherwise disabled audience members. This performance is open to all with an enhanced focus on theatrical accessibility.
Modifications to the performance include:
Changes to light and sound cues to eliminate sudden changes and high volume effect
A separate sensory room if students need a break from the performance
Imagine U trained teaching artists with a background in theatrical accessibility
Fidget toys and communication devices are welcome in the theatre
Sensory kits will be available and include items such as headphones, sun glasses, fidget toys, etc.
All audience members for this performance will experience this special sensory friendly performance. Learn about our Health and Safety Guidelines