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Best enjoyed by Everyone aged 4 and up!

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Morris likes lots of things: doing puzzles, painting pictures, pretending to be an astronaut, and wearing a tangerine dress from his school’s dress-up box because it “reminds him of tigers, the sun, and his mother’s hair.” But some of his classmates think boys can’t wear dresses because … well, because they’re boys. With his vivid imagination and space-animal friends, Morris travels the galaxy in search of an answer to the all-important question: “Do astronauts wear dresses?” 

By juliany taveras 
Based on the Book by Christine Baldacchino and Isabelle Malenfant 
Directed by Heidi Stillman 

A Children’s Theatre Company World Premiere Production
Co-Commissioned by Children’s Theatre Company, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and The Rose Theater


  • Run time

    Approximately 55 minutes

  • Best enjoyed by

    Everyone aged 4 and up!

  • Stage

    Cargill Stage

  • Lap Passes

    Due to the capacity of the Cargill Stage, a limited number of lap passes for those 18 months and younger will be available for this production.

Audience Guide

At CTC, our mission is to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire young people and their communities. This Audience Guide is just one of the ways in which we aim to enhance your experience and further your engagement with the shows on stage. It includes a summary, context, fun facts, and activities plus details that can help you decide what’s right for your kids.


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!


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.


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Plan Your Visit

Children’s Theatre Company is proud to offer information, tips, advice and handy guides so that our patrons’ theatre experiences are as rich, pleasant, and convenient as possible.


Book cover of Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

“It’s been an absolute delight to get to write this play,” said Playwright juliany taveras. “Diving into the expansive, resilient imagination of Morris Micklewhite has nourished me in a way I hope our audiences will experience too, because this story is a salve. Amidst the (often fear-fueled) rules and binaries of the world around us, Morris reminds us of the power of authentic, loving self-expression—even (or at times, especially) when it ruffles the feathers of the status quo. CTC has been such a wonderful dream-maker and co-conspirator, and I’m thrilled that this tale we love so much will soon premiere on their stage!”


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Morris Micklewhite

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