Monday, January 1, 2018

MO WILLEMS STUDIO JANUARY 2018 update!

2018!

I hope that the next year will be a happy one with health and joy for you.

2018 promises to be quite busy here at the Mo Willems Studio.  A few highlights include.

Reappearing with comedian pals at the San Francisco Sketchfest (scroll down for info).


The opening of THE PIGEON COMES TO PITTSBURGH!, an interactive immersive experience filled with games, drawing, animation, and much Mo'.  We've been working with the wonderful museum team for a few years and are very excited about this.





Opening weekend includes two reading performances for the families - tickets include a signed book (!) (details HERE) and a grown-up interview (details HERE-- note this event is sold out, but there will be stand by tickets).


The opening of WORD PLAY, an exhibit of experiments at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA.


The opening of the world premier of NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: THE ROCK EXPERIENCE! at the Seattle Children's Theater.  The creative team behind ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! have returned to rock your socks on!  This is going to be great fun. (Tickets are selling out, you can get yours HERE!)


The release of my first Alphabet Book!

A new ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING book by the insanely talented Leuyen Pham!

The first book in a super-secret new early reading series!

Baseball?

SO much coming up!  

Until then, here are the January highlights.

EXHIBITS!

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration

The Eric Carle Museum
Amherst, MA 

Running through April 1, 2018

The exhibition features 96 artworks representing a range of time periods and media, from Harry Bingham Neilson’s 1898 pen-and-ink drawing for Life’s Book of Animals to Ekua Holmes’s 2015 paper collage for Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Iconic picture-book characters Peter Rabbit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eloise, and Shrek will delight guests young and old. Artists represented in the exhibition include Don Freeman, Trina Schart Hyman, Dorothy Lathrop, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, David Macaulay, James Marshall, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Jerry Pinkney, Uri Shulevitz, William Steig, Simms Taback, Tony DiTerlizzi, Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Garth Williams, Paul O. Zelinsky, and Lisbeth Zwerger, among others.

It's an honor to be in this show.

More details HERE. 


ALSO, don't miss pal TONY DITERLIZZI's retrospective exhibit at the NORMAN ROCKWELL Museum !  I'm excited for my pal to have his career showcased in such a wonderful manner and flattered to have been asked to write the introduction to his catalog.

APPEARANCES!



I'm excited to head back to San Francisco for the SF Sketchfest with 2 shows (one for grown ups, one for kids). The shows are in January, but tickets for these things tend to sell out fast.

PORCHLIGHT

Saturday January 27, 2018

7.30 pm
Swedish American Hall

I'll be joining a cool group of funny people telling personal stories in a grown-up (21 & older) way.  I'll be focusing on some writing stories from my career that I think you'll enjoy.

The cast includes myself &:

Aisling BEA



Chris GARCIA



Maeve HIGGINS



Kevin MCDONALD


Tickets and Details HERE!



DON'T LET THE COMEDIANS DO STORYTIME!

Sunday, January 28 • 11:00am
Marine Memorial Theater

#1 NYTimes bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems returns to Sketchfest with another stellar group of close personal acquaintances and comedy royalty to perform some of his best-loved books featuring The Pigeon, Elephant & Piggie, and Knuffle Bunny! Fun for all, it's a morning or laughs, drawing, a sneak-peek premier of an unpublished book, and Mo!

In it's 4th iteration, I'll be hosting an amazing cast of old pals and new friends:


Aisling BEA



Rachel DRATCH



Tom LENNON



Aparna NANCHERLA



Oscar NUNEZ



David WAIN



Matt WALSH


Morgan WALSH
 
 You don't want to miss this one!

Tickets and details HERE!

Note: this show is SOLD OUT. Stand by tkts may be available at the door at time of show.

NICE THINGS!



Last month, the New York Times named WELCOME: A MO WILLEMS GUIDE FOR NEW ARRIVALS as a notable book for 2017.  It joins a wonderful list of outstanding books.  Thx, NYT!



In London, the Times named the UK edition of NANETTE'S BAGUETTE  a best book for 2017.


Byran Collier's IT'S SHOE TIME! garnered it's 3rd starred review, this time from Kirkus! 

THEATER!

Lots of fun theater all over the country this month.  Check the productions out if you're in the area!


ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY!

Sunnydale, CA Jan 6 -14, 2018

The Bay Area Children's Theater is remounting their sold-out production. Word is that this is a really fun production!

Details are HERE!


ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY!

Des Moines, IA

From January 5 -21 at The DES MOINES COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE. 

Details are HERE!


KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL

Columbus, OH

From January 12 - 21 at CATCO, Van Fleet Theatre, CPAC.

Details are HERE!


ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY!

Tacoma, WA

From January 13 - 21 at TACOMA MUSICAL THEATER.

Details are HERE!

THAT'S IT!



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