Matt de la Pena reads Last Stop on Market Street.
Special thanks to Kansas City, Kansas Public Library for allowing us to use this video and for helping us to further spread kindness all over the world through the messages in this wonderful book.
LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET ARRIVES AT DCT WITH HEARTFELT IMAGINATION
(DALLAS, TX) – Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) continues its 2019-2020 season with LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, running from March 21 through April 5 at the Rosewood Center for the Arts. Based on The New York Times bestseller that won a Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and a Caldecott Honor, LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET is a compassionate tale filled with both the mature joy of a grandparent and the pure wonder of a child.
The story follows young CJ and his Nana on their journey as they board the public bus for their weekly trip across town to help out at a soup kitchen. Along the way, CJ notices the many differences among people and asks tons of curious questions: Why don’t we have a car? How come that man can’t see? How come it’s always so dirty over there? How? Why? With Nana’s fearless and compassionate guidance, CJ discovers that everyone and everything has a unique rhythm and purpose; that the world’s got answers if CJ listens with more than his ears and sees with more than his eyes.
Directed by vickie washington (North Texas director, actress, and teacher at Booker T. Washington for the Performing Arts) LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET carries the poignant message of the picture book without ever losing the fun. “While riding the bus with CJ and Nana, we learn the value of meeting people where they are, and the joy of opening our hearts and minds to the experiences of others.” washington says, smiling. “With all that is happening in our city and in our world today, these are very important lessons for all of us.”
Playwright Gloria Bond Clunie will be in Dallas for three weeks working with the team to further develop the play. Dallas is one of the first cities to get to host the play. According to Clunie, “Dallas Children’s Theatre’s commitment to bringing me to Dallas to continue working on the play after the initial work done in Charlotte, North Carolina, creates the opportunity to further explore this all important story for young people. Our work will be fueled by the knowledge gained in an excellent first production coupled with the insight generated from a new creative team at Dallas Children’s Theatre. “She adds, “This type of commitment helps to ensure the development of compelling theatre for the young, which will strengthen the canon of theatre for children with works that have ongoing relevance.”
Imaginative and hopeful in its capture of the genuine struggles of the everyday, LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET is a gentle journey recommended for ages 4 and up. In the spirit of true kindness, these funders have stepped up to make this collaboration with the playwright a reality: Jean Baptists(Tad) Adoue III Fund of The Dallas Foundation; TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund; The M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation; Capital One; The Howard Family in loving memory of Eleanor “Gammy” Howard and Southwest Airlines.
LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET
By Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
Adapted by Gloria Bond Clunie
Directed by vicki washington
March 21 – April 5, 2020
Recommended for ages 4 and up
Performance Dates and Times:
- Saturday, March 21, 1:30 PM
- Sunday, March 22, 1:30 PM
- Sunday, March 22, 4:30 PM (ASL)
- Saturday, March 28, 1:30 PM (Sensory-Friendly)
- Sunday, March 29, 1:30 PM
- Saturday, April 4, 1:30 PM
- Saturday, April 4, 4:30 PM
- Sunday, April 5, 1:30 PM
$15-$28 for single tickets. Prices subject to change. Group rates available for parties of 10 or more. Phone reservations required for Sensory-Friendly performances. Call the Box Office for details, 214-740-0051. General tickets are available online at dct.org
Weekday Student Matinee shows also available Tuesdays through Fridays. Call Dallas Children's Theater at 214-978-0120 or visit dct.org/fieldtrips