Red Kite, Brown Box is the newest, one-of-a-kind live theatrical experience created specifically for children with autism by Chicago Children’s Theatre Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell. Each performance is focused on the unique needs of children affected by autism and offers a multi-sensory adventure that encourages children to express themselves and interact with the artists in a safe and welcoming environment. At the performance, children will meet Papa Tim, a loving father who is struggling to get his kids to settle down and go to sleep after his family has just moved into their brand-new home and the treasures of empty boxes and their imagination await.
Jacqueline Russell, Artistic Director
Jacqueline Russell in collaboration with Theatre Direct, Toronto, originated the performance Red Kite, Brown Box for children on the autism spectrum. Now with its Chicago debut, is the fifth offering from Chicago Children’s Theatre on going Red Kite Project. In addition to overseeing all programming at CCT, Russell’s work in the classroom has been duplicated around Chicago and has recently begun to cross borders and into classrooms and theatres in Canada and beyond. In 2010, Russell was appointed by the U.S. State Department to serve as a Cultural Envoy to Canada where she conceived Red Kite/Blue Sky for children on the autism spectrum in Ontario.
Red Kite, Brown Box
At Red Kite, Brown Box, children will first meet Papa Tim, a loving father who has just moved his family into their brand-new home. Trouble is, Papa Tim’s kids are having a hard time going to sleep, because they would rather explore and find treasures in the empty moving boxes still strewn around the house. A series of sensory events follows, each bracketed by Papa Tim trying to get the children to sleep, all created with textures, sound and lights, including a pillow fight, a dance party, playing with flashlights in a tent, and a car wash. Red Kite, Brown Box culminates with a relaxing lullaby and the whole theatre space filling with stars – points of light gently moving outward to create a calm, dream-state event that fills everyone with wonder.