Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite, Brown Box

A joyful theatre experience for children on the autism spectrum

Call 785-864-2787 for free tickets

Sunday, October 23, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 pm
Monday, October 24, 1, 2 & 3 pm

Red Kite, Brown Box is a joyful experience designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Developed by Chicago Children’s Theatre, participants will first meet Papa Nick, a loving father who has just moved his family into their new home. Trouble is, Papa Nick’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 Nick 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.

In order to create a greater sense of ease and engagement, a specially made social story will be made available for sharing prior to the children arriving for the performance. A visual itinerary is also used throughout the adventure to keep children feeling informed and secure to help alleviate stress and anxiety related to having a new experience.

nea-lockup-B-WEBThis project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit