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Last Stop on Market Street

Matt de la Peña, author
Christian Robinson, illustrator
Cheryl L. West, playwright
Lamont Dozier, composer
Paris Dozier, composer


44 pgs. 3 female, 3 male (with Doubling)

Originally co-produced by Chicago Children’s Theater and the Children’s Theatre Company in 2018.

Run Time: 65 minutes

Audience Recommendation: All Ages


Six-year-old CJ is (reluctantly) staying with his (extremely over-the-top) Nana, in a world considerably different from the one he’s used to (his phone and tablet). The disagreeable (and let’s just admit it, whiny) child is dragged on a bus ride that’s loud and gritty and weird. Guided by his veritable force-of-nature Nana, CJ travels a little closer to his roots and sees that things are not always what they seem. This is one hip-hop, eclectic, heart-thumpin’, toe-tappin’ joy ride.


Last Stop on Market Street is what children’s theater should be. It does not talk down to its audience. It is burgeoning with wonder. If you are a kid, you’ll giggle yourself silly. If you were once a kid, you just might remember what that felt like.” –Chicago Sun Times

Last Stop could be Hamilton Jr.” -Star Tribune

“The music in this production was phenomenal” -Family Fun Twin Cities

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $150 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.

Production-quality CD available. Additional fees apply.

Photo Credits: Alejandro Vega (CJ), Greta Oglesby (Nana), Dwight Leslie (Ensemble), Ansa Akyea  (Ensemble), Autumn Ness (Ensemble), Calvin Zimmerman (Ensemble) and Kennedy Lucas (Ensemble). Photos by Dan Norman.

'Last Stop on Market Street' Review Trailer from Childrens Theatre Company on Vimeo.

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