Theatre Tuscaloosa: During this national intermission, we're #SpreadingJoy
Theatre Tuscaloosa: During this national intermission, we're #SpreadingJoy

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

December 6 - 15, 2019


Written by Reginald Andre Jackson

Based on the book by

Christopher Paul Curtis

Directed by Crystal Lassiter & Tina Turley


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It’s 1963 in Flint, Michigan, and ten-year-old Kenny’s peaceful world is about to turn upside down.  His parents are planning a family road trip to take his rebellious older brother, Byron, to Birmingham to learn some manners from strict Grandma Sands.  In this relatable, funny, and touching story of an African-American family, tragedy turns to hope and faith.

Production Credits

Directors – Tina F. Turley & Crystal Lassiter
Choreographer – Chandler Brown
Scenic Design – Andy Fitch
Costume Design – Jeanette Waterman
Lighting Design – Lyndell McDonald
Stage Manager – Alexandra (Alex) Smith
Sound Design – Wheeler Kincaid


KENNY - Alex Momoh
BYRON - Katonio (KJ) Crews
JOETTA - Zoe Lassiter
WILONA - Crystal Lassiter
DANIEL - Taril Slater
BUPHEAD - Kendall Williams
GRANDMA SANDS - Barbara-Shae Jackson
MRS. DAVIDSON - Tonya Price

MRS. ADAMS - LaQuenteshia (Tesha) Whitfield
LARRY DUNN - Kimorra Moore
RUFUS - Kaden Crews
CODY - Zion Edwards-Momoh
MR. ROBERT & MR. MITCHELL - Rickey Powell
ENSEMBLE - Indya Joiner, Grace Price

DANCER Khalifa Nunn


  • Thursday, December 5 @ 7:30 p.m. *Pay-What-You-Can Dress Rehearsal
  • Friday, December 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 8 @ 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 11 @ 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 12 @ 7:30 p.m. **Free pre-show discussion
  • Friday, December 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14 @ 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 15 @ 2:00 p.m.


**Join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Alabama Power Recital Hall for a free pre-show discussion. Dr. Crystal Cuby-Richardson will discuss the Jack and Jill of America organization's work to honor the legacy of Carole Robertson, who was one of the four little girls killed in the 1963 16th Street Church Bombing and who was also a member of Jack and Jill. Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through civic engagement. Dr. Richardson is currently an instructional coach and online instructor at Kennesaw State University. She lives in Tuscaloosa with her daughters and husband, and she and her daughters share a love of theatre.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the running time of the production?
    Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Will there be an intermission?
    Yes - there will be one 15-minute intermission.
  • Should I bring the kids?
    Yes - this is a family-friendly production.
  • What themes are explored in the play?
    Family dynamics, faith, Civil Rights
  • Does the play’s text contain offensive language?
  • Does the play contain violence?
    Not directly on stage, but the 16th Street Church bombing is referenced as an off-stage occurrence.
  • Does the play contain the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs?
  • Does the play contain nudity or other adult situations?

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Friday: 9am-12pm
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Tuscaloosa, AL 35405


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