Bud, Not Buddy
April 14th – May 14th, 2023
Adapted by Reginald André Jackson
Based on the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis
Directed by Dawn Simmons
Based on the Coretta Scott King award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy follows the tale of 10-year-old Bud Caldwell. Named after ‘a flower-to-be…a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world,’ Bud goes on a quest to find his father and blossoms when he finds family in a jazz band. An epic adventure full of dreams, jazzy tunes and heart.
Recommended for ages 8+
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Run Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes with one intermission
Accessibility Performance Dates:
May 7th, 2023 at 2pm (Audio Description Only)
May 11th, 2023 at 10:30am (Student Matinee)
May 13th, 2023 at 7:30pm (Audio Description Only)
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Set in Michigan during the 1930s, Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of 10-year-old Bud Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes, and his quest to find his father. Bud’s journey sets him on the trail of a jazz band known as Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. A flier for one of Calloway’s shows leads Bud to Grand Rapids and Calloway, the man he believes is his father. Bud gets into all sorts of trouble along the way in this story, filled with uncanny wisdom, which offers a set of hilarious “Rules and Things” designed to help our resilient young hero navigate a world of confusing expectations. Rich with adventure and humor, Bud, Not Buddy is a coming-of-age tale for young and old alike. The novel also won the Coretta Scott King Award.
Provided by Dramatic Publishing.