By E.B. White (book), Adapted by Joseph Robinette.BUY TICKETS
October 18 - November 3, 2019
This fall the beloved children’s classic Charlotte’s Web returns to Cardinal Stage! When a girl named Fern saves a little pig named Wilbur, she opens the door to a world of friendship and adventure. Together, with the help of the wise Charlotte, the Gander, the Goslings, and even the sneaky Templeton, Wilbur and Fern show the farm and the world just how extraordinary an ordinary pig can be!
New! Sensory Friendly Performance: November 3rd at 4:00pm
Elwyn Brooks White (July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985) was an American writer and a world federalist. For more than fifty years, he was a contributor to The New Yorker magazine. He was also a co-author of the English language style guideThe Elements of Style. In addition, he wrote books for children, including Stuart Little (c. 1945) and Charlotte’s Web (c. 1952). In 1970, White received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the U.S. professional children’s librarians. It recognized his “substantial and lasting contributions to children’s literature.” That year he was also the U.S. nominee and eventual runner-up for the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award, as he was again in 1976. Also in 1970, White’s third children’s novel was published, The Trumpet of the Swan. In 1973 it won the Sequoyah Award from Oklahoma and the William Allen White Award from Kansas, both selected by students voting for their favorite book of the year. In 2012, School Library Journal sponsored a survey of readers which identified Charlotte’s Web as the best children’s novel (“fictional title for readers 9–12” years old). The librarian who conducted it said, “It is impossible to conduct a poll of this sort and expect [White’s novel] to be anywhere but #1.
Joseph Robinette is a Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award nominee for the libretto of the acclaimed A Christmas Story, The Musical. He is the author or co-author of 55 published plays and musicals. His works have been produced at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, The Theater at Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, the BBC in Britain, in all 50 states and in 21 foreign countries. Twelve of his works have been translated into foreign languages, and another five have been anthologized. Robinette collaborated with E.B. White on the authorized stage version of Charlotte’s Web, and he wrote the musical version with Charles Strouse (Annie and Bye, Bye, Birdie). Other dramatizations include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Anne of Green Gables and Debbie Macomber’s A Gift to Last and The Inn at Rose Harbor. He is the recipient of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s Distinguished Play Award for Sarah, Plain and Tall and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America medallion for his “body of dramatic works for family audiences in the United States and beyond.”
Director: Liam Castellan