Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

adapted by Cheryl L. West
based on the book by Gary D. Schmidt 
directed by John Jenkins

1/19/2013 4:00 PM - 3/2/2013 4:00 PM

TUE & THU at 10 AM
SAT at 2 PM

scenic design by Michael David
costume design by Lissa Lamona
lighting design by Garvin Jellison
sound design by Kami Siu
dramaturgy by Francesco De Salvatore
stage management by Belinda Bing 

at DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre

Box Office: (312) 922-1999

It is 1912 in coastal Maine, and Reverend Buckminster’s son Turner is the new kid in town. Lonely and having trouble fitting in, he meets Lizzie Bright, an African-American girl from nearby Malaga Island who becomes his best friend. They share everything: secrets, worries, and the courage to take a stand against greed and racial prejudices in their community. When the townspeople try to force the residents off of Malaga Island, their friendship is tested and Turner and Lizzie face life’s great challenges of loss and allegiance.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

THEMES: American History, Black History Month Celebrations, Community, Courage, Friendship, Geography, Leadership, Loss & Death, Legacy, Understanding Difference.

The cast features Cameron Benoit (Deacon Hurd), Michael Coutryman (Willis Hurd), Daniel Lewis (Sheriff), Maureen Mizener (Mrs. Cobb), Louie Rinaldi (Turner Buckminster), Tiffany Tenille (Lizzie Bright Griffin), Joseff Stevenson (Reverend Buckminster), and Justin Wade Wilson (Reverend Griffin, Grandfather). ​ ​​​

Special Events:

1/19: USO of Illinois Day—US Armed Forces personnel & their families can reserve up to four free tickets.  Visit
1/19: Opening Day Autograph Session with the cast following the performance
2/14: Post-Show Discussion
2/16: Community Partner Day: Kidsnips
2/23: Community Partner Day: Chicago Athletic Clubs
2/23: Ice Cream Social—Enjoy a post-show ice cream treat, autograph session and more! Admission to this special event is $8.  
Visit our Community Outreach​ page for more information about these and other special events.

​Accessibility Services and Interpreted Performances:

If you or your child require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any other hearing or vision needs, please let us know when you reserve your tickets so that we can make sure you visit to our theatre is an excellent one. Discounted tickets are available for patrons with disabilities, and their guests.

Audio Description & Touch Tour:
The performance of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy on 2/16 at 2 PM will include a live audio-description of the visual and physical events on-stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision.  Our audio describer for this production will be Robert Hines. We also invite you and your family to join us that day for a pre-performance program with a touch tour, which begin at 1:15 PM. The touch tour program will include information about the characters and design choices that add to the world of the play. Patrons who are participating in the audio-described event may also request the playbill in Braille, large print, and audio formats. Please indicate interest in the Touch Tour when you order your tickets. Call our Box Office at (312) 922-1999. 

Performances Interpreted in American Sign Language & Assisted Listening Devices:
The performance of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy on 2/21 (10 AM) and 2/23 ( 2 PM) will be interpreted in American Sign Language.  Call TTY (773) 325-7975.

We also offer Sennheiser Infra-red personal listening devices for each performance at DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre.  These assisted listening devices are available to patrons upon request.