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Imagine U: Last Stop on Market Street

Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Caldecott Honor
By Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Adapted and Directed by
Gloria Bond Clunie
Streaming December 3-12, 2021

Streaming: Fri., 12/3 @ 9 a.m. through Sun., 12/12 @ 11:59 p.m.

Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive

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Streaming Ticket Pricing (December 3-12)

$20 per household
$100 per classroom (up to 30 students)

One Sunday morning, CJ and his Nana set out in the rain on their weekly bus ride across town.  Along the way, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car, or headphones, or an iPad like his friends.  Most of all he wishes they didn’t have to journey to the scary last stop on Market Street. Their trip through the bustling city becomes an exciting magical adventure which helps CJ solve a mysterious riddle, make unexpected special friends — including Mumford, The Dragon, and discover a wonderful new kind of beauty.

Recommended for ages 6+

Estimated Runtime: 65 minutes

Creative Drama Workshops Nov. 14 and 21

Following the 2 p.m. performances on Nov. 14, 21, Northwestern teaching artists and members of the cast will offer a 45-minute creative drama workshop. The workshop is free and open to any child who attends the show. Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate. Space is limited; reservations are required, and can be made by e-mailing the Wirtz Center Box Office ( The Nov. 14 workshop will take place in Room 101 in the Wirtz Center (participants will meet in the Barber Lobby and be escorted outside to the Workshop room).  The Nov. 21 workshop will take place in the Bergan Rehearsal Room located in the Wirtz Center (participants will meet in the Barber Lobby and be escorted outside to the Workshop room).
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Sensory Friendly Performance Sunday, Nov. 21 @ 2 p.m.

This adapted performance facilitated by Imagine U will provide a relaxed and safe environment for autistic and otherwise disabled audience members. This performance is open to all with an enhanced focus on theatrical accessibility.

Modifications to the performance include:

  • Changes to light and sound cues to eliminate sudden changes and high volume effect
  • A separate sensory room if students need a break from the performance
  • Imagine U trained teaching artists with a background in theatrical accessibility
  • Fidget toys and communication devices are welcome in the theatre
  • Sensory kits will be available and include items such as headphones, sun glasses, fidget toys, etc.

 All audience members for this performance will experience this special sensory friendly performance. Learn about our Health and Safety Guidelines