Wednesday, April 1, 2020

MO WILLEMS STUDIO UPDATE APRIL - JUNE 2020


Thank you for watching and doodling along with LUNCH DOODLES WITH MO WILLEMS.

Kids around the country and around the world have been creating amazing art and stories for their families and friends.

Thanks to the Kennedy Center as well.

You can see all episodes (and link to all the downloadable activities) on the Artist-in-Residence section of THE KENNEDY CENTER WEBSITE.  

Why not give it a try? And go try some of the other wonderful authors and illustrators who are opening up their studios, reading and sharing for you and the young people in your life.

Want more doodling? 


Starting on May 31 you can see (& join in) my collaboration w/ cellist Yo-Yo Ma, THE YO-YO MO SHOW!

Want to support a great cause (and get a tote or art print)?  

First Book is doing great work (and has totes and prints)!

Want to see art from 21 leading picture book illustrators at the Eric Carle Museum?  

ART IN PLACE is the digital exhibition for you!





This site usually lists my schedule for the coming months. Obviously, we now live in a time of great uncertainty. 

Everything is canceled.  Hopefully some events may happen at a later date. 

I'm posting my 'schedule' not to depress you with an alternate reality, but so that you can go out and support the arts organizations that now need your support more than ever.


SCIENCE will get us out of this. ART will get us through this.

Stay safe, be generous when possible, and kind always.

- Mo

KENNEDY CENTER!


I'm having a ball collaborating on shows and things for MoKC, my Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center
If you're in the DC area, here is what's happening now and coming up soon at the Kennedy Center:



Join a symphonic fairy tale as big as a dinosaur! Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur… and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway! That’s the just the beginning of a hilarious, fractured, symphonic take on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as retold by Mo Willems. Don't miss this new classic performed by favorite performers and the National Symphony Orchestra, featuring original music composed by indie pop icon and NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds.


Two performances on Sunday April 19, 2020.  

 Tickets  are pretty much sold out.  There may be some day of show at the box office.


You can go to the MoKC site to learn more about some the events the MoKC has planned.



If you happen to be visiting the Kennedy Center, why not visit the Moonshot Studio in the new extension campus, The REACH?  There are lots of fun, hands on activities in this maker-space, including learning to draw and animate The Pigeon and his pals. 


Speaking of The Pigeon, a 27-ft tall inflatable Pigeon pops up from time to time a the KC! Can you find him?


You can also download this App where The Pigeon tries to be a tour guide all around the KC.  Do you think he knows what he's talking about?


EXHIBITS!

There are 2 very different exhibits showing in the next few months.  One a meditation on Beethoven's music, the other a traveling show of interactive games and experiences.

BEETHOVEN AT THE KENNEDY CENTER


For the past year I have been listening to, researching, and ruminating on the Symphonic work of Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born 250 years ago.

As part of a project with the National Symphony Orchestra, I have painted 9 large scale abstractions based on Beethoven's 9 Symphonies.  

Beethoven's 5th Symphony, ink & gold leaf, 40" x 60", 2019
The work will be on display at the the Kennedy Center starting in May, 2020 and will run concurrently with the performances of all 9 Symphonies by the NSO under the baton of maestro Gianandrea Noseda.

Attendees of the concerts will be given prints of my efforts to meditate to while they listen to the performances.  

Both maestro Noseda and the entire NSO team have been excited collaborators in this project, which has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in my professional life.  I hope you will get the chance to see the work.  

Here are some resources that explain the design, meaning, and execution of the abstracts:

THE PIGEON AND PALS!

THE PIGEON AND PALS! is a combination of an interactive, immersive experience filled with games, drawing, animation and an original art show featuring drawing and sketches from all 25 ELEPHANT & PIGGIE books.

It will run in Indianapolis at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis thru - May 10, 2020  

then travels to 

The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum from May 25 - Sept 8, 2020



There are many fun experiences for you and your family to enjoy.  


Hopefully, it will spark the whole family to start writing and drawing together. 





You can read about the process behind the exhibit HERE.  




Interested to know if The Pigeon will be coming to your town?  


This site has the latest on the exhibit's schedule.

THEATER!

There are multiple productions of all four of my plays running this winter, including the  DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! (THE MUSICAL!) tour, which is fresh off of its SOLD OUT and well reviewed run in Washington, DC.

The production has been nominated for 5 Helen Hayes Awards (Outstanding Original Play, Production, Direction, Ensemble, Lead Actress)!



If a show is near your town, why not bring a kid to the theater?  You'll both be glad you did.



Here are the dates for The Pigeon tour for the spring.
(please remember to check with the venues for ticket/show information - schedule is always subject to change):

April 2, 2020   Santa Rosa, CA - Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
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April 9 - May 24, 2020   Seattle, WA - Seattle Children's Theater.



The show will take a break in the summer and return to traveling in the fall of 2020, ending with an extended residency in February 2021! Details to come.



There are lots of regional productions of my plays going on all over the country as well. Check them out!

(please remember to check with the venues for ticket/show information - schedule is always subject to change)




Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at Rose Theater

2001 Farnam Street
OmahaNE 68102
Omaha Theatre Company For Young People
03/20/2020 to 04/11/2020

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at Gifford Family Theatre/coyne Ctr Fo



Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
SyracuseNY 13214

Gifford Family Theatre/coyne Ctr For The Perf Arts


05/18/2020 to 06/13/2020

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at The State Theatre



130 W. College Avenue
State CollegePA 15701

Fuse Productions


05/06/2020 to 05/07/2020

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at Lerner Family Theatre



4908 Auburn Ave
BethesdaMD 20814-2629

Imagination Stage


06/24/2020 to 08/16/2020

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at Rose Theater



2001 Farnam Street
OmahaNE 68102

Omaha Theatre Company For Young People


03/20/2020 to 04/11/2020





Elephant And Piggie's We Are in a Play at Children's Museum & Theatre Of Main

Children's Museum & Theatre Of Main
142 Free Street
PortlandME 04101
Childrens Museum And Theatre Of Maine
01/10/2020 to 04/03/2020

Elephant And Piggie's We Are in a Play at The Pearl-west Ashley Theatre Ctr.


1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd Ste 11
CharlestonSC 29407-5031

Charleston Stage Company


06/20/2020 to 06/28/2020

Elephant And Piggie's We Are in a Play at Robinson Theater Indiana Univ Se



Theatre Dept
4201 Grant Line Rd
New AlbanyIN 47150

Indiana University Southeast


04/15/2020 to 04/18/2020

Elephant And Piggie's We Are in a Play at Children's Theatre



3028 Southwest 8th Avenue
TopekaKS 66606

Topeka Civic Theatre


05/08/2020 to 05/17/2020

Elephant And Piggie's We Are in a Play at Willow Bend Center Of The Arts




6121 West Park Boulevard #b216
PlanoTX 75093

Plano Childrens Theatre Dba Mckinney Youth Theatre


05/21/2020 to 05/24/2020

Elephant And Piggie's We Are in a Play at Whitworth University





Theatre Arts
SpokaneWA 99251 0305

Whitworth University


04/25/2020


Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Northwest Childrens Theatre

1819 Nw Everett St Ste 216
PortlandOR 97209-2189
Northwest Childrens Theatre & School(professional)
03/21/2020 to 05/24/2020

For schools interested in putting on their own performances, I am excited to announce that ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! JR. is being released this summer.  A JR. version of the original musical, this piece has a part for EVERYONE, modified songs, plus detailed advice on casting, blocking, rehearsals, and production.  I've seen a few test runs of this show with various school and community groups.  It's great fun.



APPEARANCES!


Besides my MoKC appearances, I'll also be visiting and speaking at the New Visions New Voices Conference May 14 - 15 at the Kennedy Center along with my long time collaborator and composer, Deborah Wicks La Puma.  (These events are for attendees only.)



WHAT ABOUT WORMS!? 
reading and signing with 
MO WILLEMS & RYAN HIGGINS!

Sunday May 17, 2020

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Amherst, MA
10 am - 4 pm

Ryan and I will be celebrating the publication of WHAT ABOUT WORMS!?, the 8th ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING Series!

There will be readings, signings, and special activities with museum admission.

You can RSVP for the readings at the Carle Museum - but understand that they do sell out quickly.

WHAT ABOUT WORMS!? publishes on May 19th! 

Tiger is big. Tiger is tough. And Tiger has an important note for you. 

Dear Reader, WATCH OUT FOR WORMS! They are everywhere! They might even be in this book! Your friend, Tiger P. S. Tiger is afraid of worms.

Check it out at your local bookshop or library!


THAT'S IT!

Remember there's always more to see on the various blogs and PigeonPresents .

You can get signed books and all new Mo things at the Eric Carle Museum Bookshop.