1/10/2018, noon | Updated on 1/10/2018, noon
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Playwright and director Gloria Bond Clunie with children at a recent workshop reading of the the world premiere play, My Wonderful Birthday Suit!

Chicago Children’s Theatre is the winner of an American Theatre Wing 2017 National Theater Award, the first children’s theatre in the nation ever to receive this national honor. CCT’s newest project, My Wonderful Birthday Suit!, was awarded a Children's Theatre Foundation of America Founders Grant for new play development.

Free event alert! CCT to throw a wonderful birthday party for MLK,

Monday, January 15

Mark your calendar! There’s no school Monday, January 15, Martin Luther King Day, so Chicago Children’s Theatre is throwing open its doors from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. for a wonderful birthday party of its own.

Not only is it MLK’s Birthday, but Chicago Children’s Theatre will also celebrate its first birthday in The Station. After a complete renovation, the former 12th District Police Station is now a beautiful community hub for creativity and theater in the heart of the West Loop.

Bring the kids for balloons, free birthday cake, cool crafts and a giant card to sign. Interact with puppets from My Wonderful Birthday Suit! Playwright and director Gloria Bond Clunie will be on hand to meet children and parents and to host interactive theater activities celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday and the themes of acceptance he championed that form the core of Clunie’s new play for young audiences. Chicago author Michael Tyler, joined by illustrator David Lee Csisko, will read and sign copies of his children’s book, The Skin You Live In. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Please pre-register at chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

Access Weekend for My Wonderful Birthday Suit! is February 3 and 4

CCT continues to grow its commitment to all Chicago children at The Station by expanding services for patrons with disabilities. Access Weekend for My Wonderful Birthday Suit! is February 3 and 4, 2018. Services include:

Pre-show Touch Tour of the set prior to the show for guests who are blind or have low vision:

Saturday, February 3 at 8:30 a.m.

Live open captioning for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing:

Saturday, February 3 at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sensory friendly performance for children on the autism spectrum or with Down Syndrome: Sunday, February 4 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Note: Modifications are made to lighting, sound and music to avoid sensory overload, with a nearby Quiet Room.

For more information about Access services, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org/access or contact CCT’s Access and Inclusion department at access@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

Meet Michael Tyler, author of The Skin You Live In

Michael Tyler’s book The Skin You Live In, the first book ever published by the Chicago Children’s Museum, will be sold at Chicago Children’s Theatre throughout the run of My Wonderful Birthday Suit!. Tyler also will be attending performances and participating in several book signings and audience talkbacks (schedule TBA).