On Saturday, my husband and I attended Adventure Stage's brilliant, lively, engaging performance of Walk Two Moons
at the Vittum Theater in Chicago. Wow!
It seemed fitting and perfect that the play was opening in Chicago, for that is where I received the Newbery Medal for this book in June, 1995.
The Adventure Stage group put on a professional, polished ensemble production that moved me greatly. Laughed. Cried. Loved the actors, director, crew, playwright. Everyone. Full house - a beautiful audience with a great mix of students, parents, teachers, librarians and general public. Wonderful, cozy theater.
The above shot is an attempt to capture the giant poster advertising the play. That's me and a mysterious red-hooded child in the reflection.
After the play, I joined the cast and playwright onstage for 'talk back' - taking questions, both serious and humorous, from the audience. Following that was a reception for all (with ice cream) and book signing.
We loved it all. The next morning, before we left for the airport, we took a walk on Michigan Avenue.
Sun, tall buildings, blue sky, people strolling and running.
And this great statue of Marilyn Monroe.
We watched as so many tourists posed beneath her . . .
and they all looked UP.
No, we didn't do it.
Bye, bye, Chicago.