A Different Pond

April 24 - May 23, 2020

Suitable For Ages 5+


Approximately 60 MINUTES with no intermission. Check back closer to opening night.
Based on the book by Bao Phi
Caldecott Honor winning book

An unforgettable story about a simple event—a pre-dawn fishing trip for a boy and his dad—graces our JC Studio in the spring. Our world premiere, based on the Caldecott winning book by celebrated local poet, Bao Phi, unfolds through music and puppetry to reveal an important tale about family and immigration. In the early morning on a lake shore in South Minneapolis a father tells his son about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam. The young boy learns of a world bigger than the one he’s known and how a family faces daily struggles together.
A Different Pond
PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE (PWYC) : Sunday, April 26, 2020, 4:00 PM

To Reserve Sensory Friendly Performance Tickets: Call (952) 979-1111, option 4 or email tickets@stagestheatre.org

BAO PHI (AUTHOR) A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, featured in the live performances and taping of the blockbuster diasporic Vietnamese variety show Paris By Night 114: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. His poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications including Screaming Monkeys and Spoken Word Revolution Redux. A short story of his, Revolution Shuffle, appeared in the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Stories from Social Justice Movements, AK Press, 2015, and an essay of his was included in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin, Minnesota Historical Society Press. He has two collections of poems, both published by Coffeehouse Press, Sông I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel, the latter of which was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and was chosen as 2017’s best poetry book of the year by San Francisco State’s Poetry Center. His first children’s book, A Different Pond, received six starred reviews and won multiple awards including a Caldecott Honor, an Ezra Jack Keats Honor, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association award for best picture book, the Minnesota Book Award for picture books, and the Charlotte Zolotow Award for excellence in children’s book writing. It made several best books of the year lists, including Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and Shelf Awareness. His second children’s book, My Footprints, was release by Capstone in 2019. For more, visit: http://baophi.com/