The Watsons Go To Birmingham

January 19 – February 4, 2024

Based on the book “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis
Adapted by Cheryl L. West
Directed by Ahsha Daniels
With original songs by Paris Ray Dozier
Run Time: 70 minutes (no intermission)

Bell Stage

Age Recommendation: 5th Grade and Up

With younger brother Kenny’s birthday coming in just a few days, the Watson family makes a road trip to visit Grandma to get older brother Byron on the straight and narrow. But their plans go awry, and both brothers are forced to grow up quickly. Based on the book “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis, this small ensemble play imagines the effects the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing might have on a family visiting Birmingham that fateful Sunday. The event plays a pivotal role in bringing the Watson family together to face the monsters in the dark – both real and imagined.

Artistic Director Matt Giles: “Christopher Paul Curtis’ book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, is beautifully adapted here by Cheryl West. I remember reading this book as a child in school, and its humor and powerful message impacted me greatly. This story reminds us how, in the midst of great darkness, those close to us can help us find light.”

Single Tickets: $22

Performance Dates

Friday, January 19 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 20 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 21 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 21 at 4:30 pm – Pay What You Can Tickets 
Saturday, January 27 at 10:30 am
Saturday, January 27 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 28 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, February 3 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, February 4 at 2:00 pm

Digital Playbill


TJ Colson Kenny
Nassir Bell Byron
Michael Cherry Daddy
Kia Keyton Mama
Cimone Tucker Joey
Krissy Tucker Grandma Sands
Fatire Barnes Buphead

Study Guide