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Imagine U: Frida Libre

Oct. 20 – Nov. 5, 2023

Friday, 10/20 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10/21 2.p.m.
Sunday, 10/22 2 p.m.
Saturday, 10/28 2 p.m.
Sunday, 10/29 2 p.m.
Saturday, 11/4 2 p.m.
Sunday, 11/5 2 p.m. (Sensory Performance)

Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive

Ticket Pricing

General Public $20
Senior Citizens $20
Full-Time Students and Children $12
Full-Time NU Students $8 in advance, $12 at the door
A per ticket service charge will be added to all online ($3 per ticket) and phone ($2 per ticket) purchases

Suggested for ages 6+

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Masks Recommended, No Longer Required for Wirtz Center Audiences

Health and Safety Guidelines

Book and Lyrics by Karen Zacarías 
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma 
Directed by Ismael Lara, Jr. 

Inspired by the childhood of legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Frida Libre is an uplifting story that explores the meaning of friendship, bravery, and transformation. Alex may seem like a quiet, shy boy, but he secretly holds big ideas inside his head. He wants to be a luchador (wrestler) and defeat bad guys in the ring. His life changes when he meets brave and colorful Frida, an unusual girl who dreams of being a doctor so she can help people. Forced to do a science project on butterflies and metamorphosis, the pair discovers how true friendship can help you overcome fear and transform your dreams into reality.

Creative Drama Workshops
Saturday, October 28 and Saturday, November 4, after our 2 p.m. shows 

After seeing the show, join us for this free 45-minute creative drama workshop with Northwestern teaching artists. This workshop is available to any child aged 6 and above who attends, and parents and guardians are also encouraged to participate.

This workshop will include a pair matching game, an x-ray craft, and an exercise to embody metamorphosis, helping participants explore what it means to grow and change  – participants only need to bring themselves, all materials will be provided!

Workshops will take place immediately after the show in Wirtz, with participants being escorted in a group from the Josephine Louis Theater lobby to the workshop space.

Due to our limited space, registration is required.  Please fill out this form to register your child, as well as to let us know of any special accommodations we may need to make for your child.

Sensory Friendly Performance
November 5, 2 p.m.

This specialized performance, facilitated by Seesaw Theatre in collaboration with Imagine U, will provide a relaxed and safe environment for audience members who might need special accommodations. This performance is open to all, with an enhanced focus on theatrical accessibility.
Modifications to the experience include:

  • A detailed social story will be sent to audience members the week of the show. This guide can help prepare your child for the experience of visiting the theatre and seeing Frida Libre
  • Select changes to light and sound cues to minimize sudden changes and high-volume effect.
  • A quiet space for audience members, if they need a break from the performance at any time.
  • Theatre teaching artists with a background in theatrical accessibility will be present.
  • Sensory kits (including items such as headphones, sunglasses, fidget toys, etc.) will be available to audience members upon request.

All audience members for this performance will experience this sensory-friendly performance. Fidget toys and communication devices will be welcome in the theatre. If there is anything additional we can do to support you and your child’s experience for this performance, please reach out to us