Plays in Development

Even as audiences are enjoying the productions currently onstage, CTC is working with playwrights across the country and around the world to create brand new plays that will premiere on our stages in upcoming seasons. A major developer of new plays for young audiences, CTC has commissioned and produced over 52 new plays in the last 20 years. How do we do it? We search the globe for playwrights whose work thrills and excites us. We hire them to write an original play or to adapt a classic story or contemporary children’s book. We hold readings and workshops to test the plays and, finally, we produce them in the beautiful, adventurous style that CTC is known for. Special thanks to The Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for supporting CTC's new play development efforts. 

Playwrights: Given the volume of work in development at CTC, we are unable to accept unsolicited submissions. However, literary agents may contact our Director of Artistic Development to further inquire about submission policies.

Samuel French Playwright's Welcome Program: Children's Theatre Company is proud to participate in Samuel French Playwright's Welcome Program. Dramatists Guild members can present their membership card at the ticket office starting 2 hours prior to any public performance and receive one complimentary ticket. (subject to availability) For questions or to check on availability please contact the ticket office at 612.874.0400.

2018 – 2019 Season World Premieres: 

The Best Summer Ever! 
By Kevin Kling 
Music by Victor Zupanc 
Directed by Peter C. Brosius

This inventive and hilarious series of stories is about family, life’s surprises, and the great delight of what seem to be disasters becoming your favorite memories. From Norwegian camp, to interviewing a mosquito, to the terror of his big sister getting her driver’s license, each story transports the audience into nine-year-old Maurice’s world. You may recognize your own family, and that magical summer when life is changed, families are transformed, and the adventures are non-stop.


Last Stop on Market Street
Based on the Newbery Award-winning book
Written by Matt De La Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West
Music and lyrics by Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier
Directed by Henry Godinez

Six-year-old CJ is (reluctantly) staying with his (extremely over-the-top) Nana, in a world considerably different from the one he’s used to (his phone and tablet). The disagreeable (and let’s just admit it, whiny) child is dragged on a bus ride that’s loud and gritty and weird. Guided by his veritable force-of-nature Nana, CJ travels a little closer to his roots and sees that things are not always what they seem. This is one hip-hop, eclectic, heart-thumpin’, toe-tappin’ joy ride.


I Come from Arizona
Written by Carlos Murillo
Directed by Lisa Portes


Gabi Castillo, a bright, 14-year-old Mexican-American girl living on the South Side of Chicago, is accepted into a very different, elite high school. Through her Global Perspectives class, she learns secrets about her past and her parents, discovers her own inherited strength, and begins to understand what it means to take risks. In today’s world of immigration raids and Dreamers, fear and uncertainty, Gabi inspires a modern-day lesson in bravery, courage, and finding power in what seems like a powerless situation.

The Hobbit
Based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Licensed by Middle-earth Enterprises
Adapted for the stage and Directed by Greg Banks
Music by Thomas Johnson

Our unlikely hero, Bilbo Baggins, would much rather be sitting in his cozy Hobbit Hole with a cup of tea and a plate of bacon and eggs. However, he somehow finds himself on a magically mystical adventure. Staged with speed and surprises, you’ll be delighted as things change before your very eyes. Discover what happens as Bilbo travels on an epic journey over freezing mountains and a frightening forest, meeting all sorts of fierce creatures—some who want to eat him, others who turn into dear friends.