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Best enjoyed by Everyone Ages 9 and Up

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Uprooted from his family,
surrounded by the unfamiliar,
Lonnie couldn’t feel more alone.

But this year, his class is learning to write poetry.

Lonnie’s verses take him
from his foster home
to the classroom,
into the streets,
and back to a time when
his family was all together.

As Lonnie finds his voice,
you’ll discover how poetry can bring you
closer to others and yourself.


Written and adapted for the stage by Jacqueline Woodson
Directed by Talvin Wilks

Locomotion was commissioned by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Orlando Repertory Theatre and was first produced at the Kennedy Center during the 2009-2010 season followed by the Orlando Repertory Theatre during the 2011-2012 season.

  • Run time

    Seventy-five minutes without an intermission

  • Best enjoyed by

    Everyone Ages 9 and Up

  • Stage

    Cargill Stage

  • Lap Passes

    Due to the age recommendation, lap passes will not be available for this production.

Talvin Wilks

Locomotion is a very important work in our current era of more diverse storytelling. The opportunity to see a young Black male’s journey as a universal story of overcoming hardships and the challenges of adolescence is vital and revelatory. That CTC is making a commitment to diversifying the canon of young protagonists is an important and vibrant investment, not only for youths of color to see themselves and their experiences on stage, but for all youth to begin to broaden their understanding of universality, the act of seeing oneself through the lives of others. This opportunity is a great gift for our new era of awareness, and Jacqueline Woodson has created a story for everyone, a story that I am very excited to realize on stage.” 

– Talvin Wilks | Locomotion Director


Audience Resources

Audience photo by Dan Norman at Children's Theatre Company

Digital Program

Articles, conversation starters, and activities for both before and after you see the show!

Take a Look!

Child on lap with headphones in audience at Children's Theatre Company


ASL-interpreted, audio-described, and sensory-friendly performances are available on select dates.


Children's Theatre Company and Minneapolis Institute of Art building

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