Keats Onstage


“The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats”
By Jerome Hairston

“A Letter for Amy” the windy day, and animated puppet imagery.<br>CTC. Photo by Dan Norman
Photographs by Dan Norman. Production by The Children’s Theatre Company. Puppets by Fabrizio Montecchi.

This theatrical production, first staged in honor of Ezra’s 100th birthday, has taken on a life of its own.

“The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats” premiered in February of 2016, Ezra’s centennial year, at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. Adapted by Jerome Hairston from The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles! and A Letter to Amy, the CTC production included striking shadow puppetry that evoked Keats-style illustrations. The Minneapolis Star-Telegram called the production “a quiet joy.”

Over the past two years, the play was staged by some 10 theatres from Seattle to Slidell, Louisiana (see full list below), with more productions scheduled for 2018. Coming up this year:

St. Luke’s Theater, New York City – January 13–March 31
Nashville Children’s Theatre – January 18–February 11
Childsplay, Tempe, Arizona – January 21–March 11
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock – February 2–18
Lexington Children’s Theatre, Lexington, Kentucky – November 1–19
Dallas Children’s Theater – December (December 8, 2018 – January 20, 2019)

Previous productions, 2016–2017


Children’s Theatre Company – Minneapolis
Slidell Little Theatre – Slidell, Louisiana
The Theater Project – Brunswick, Maine
Round House Theatre – Bethesda, Maryland
La Crosse Community Theatre & regional tour – La Crosse, Wisconsin
Seattle Children’s Theatre
Emerald City Theatre – Chicago
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte – Charlotte, North Carolina
Mesner Puppet Theater – Kansas City