Children’s Theatre Company tours Seedfolks to South Africa, Seattle and Minnesota
CTC’s participation in the prestigious ASSITEJ World Congress is a first for any major US theatre
Minneapolis, Minn – Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) will bring its production of Seedfolks to the prestigious ASSITEJ International (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, May 17-27, 2017. Nationally, CTC will bring Seedfolks to Seattle Children’s Theatre March 23-April 16 following the recent transfer of CTC’s production of The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats which closed February 26. CTC also received significant tour support from the Minnesota State Arts Board to bring Seedfolks to nine theatres across Minnesota including The Sheldon Center (Red Wing), Central Lakes College (Brainerd), Historic Holmes Theatre (Detroit Lakes), Reif Center (Grand Rapids), Fairmont Opera House (Fairmont), Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center (Worthington) in the spring of 2018 and Theatre L’Homme Dieu (Alexandria) in the summer of 2017.
CTC’s production of Seedfolks was selected from over 800 works worldwide and is the only production from the United States that will participate. This year’s ASSITEJ World Congress titled, “Cradle of Creativity” will be a celebration and exploration of inter-cultural exchange with theatre, dance and music for young audiences in Africa and the world. It is the most important meeting of all members of ASSITEJ, taking place once every three years. ASSITEJ is a global network that promotes and facilitates the growth of theatre for young audiences. This nonprofit organization was founded in Paris in 1965 and has established membership in 100 different countries. This is also the first time that a theatre company in the United States has been invited to present a production as part of the World Congress in the organization’s 50-year history. This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by the U.S. Embassy in South Africa and Delta Airlines.
Seedfolks will run March 23 through April 16, 2017, at Seattle Children’s Theatre. The CTC commissioned play was developed and premiered at CTC in 2014 and is based on the Newbery Medal-winning book by Paul Fleischman. Seedfolks is about an immigrant neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio that is transformed by a community garden. Actress Sonja Parks embodies the 11 distinct voices of Gibb Street in this enthralling, one-woman production. National touring of Seedfolks is managed in cooperation with the Shaw Entertainment Group based in Massachusetts.
“It is a humbling honor be selected to represent the United States at the ASSITEJ World Congress and perform our work in front of global leaders in theatre for young audiences and also to be asked to bring our productions to regions outside the Midwest,” said Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius. “As the nation’s leading producer of theatre for young audiences, it is important for us to be able to continue to expand the canon, create a higher aesthetic and bring absent narratives to the stage.”
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for multigenerational audiences. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire for nearly 300,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to producing world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.
CTC’s engagement and learning programs annually serve more than 85,000 students ages 2-18 through Theatre Arts Training, student matinees, Bridges, and early childhood arts education programs that bring students to the theatre and bring teaching artists into the classroom. The ACT One program is CTC’s comprehensive platform for access, diversity and inclusion in our audiences, programs, staff, and board that strives to ensure the theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community. www.childrenstheatre.org