For Schools

The Yellow Boat

By David Saar

Grades 3 - 12

Field Trip: Feb. 28 – March 16, 2017

Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. Morning Various times.

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Price: $10 per person

A Scandinavian folksong tells of three little boats: "One was blue, one was red and one was yellow as the sun. They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home, too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun." Based on a true story, The Yellow Boat tells the story of a young artist named Benjamin. Born with hemophilia, Benjamin died of AIDS-related complications in 1987 at the age of 8. The play celebrates the creative spirit of all children. Through his art, Benjamin is able to express his joys and his fears. In doing so, he navigates his journey, leading his family, friends, doctors, and the audience through this amazing, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always heartfelt experience. This iconic, multi-award-winning play was first produced by Childsplay in 1992 and changed the face of children’s theatre across America. In honor of the company’s 40th anniversary season, we celebrate Benjamin’s remarkable voyage by sharing it with today’s audiences. 






Reading (4-8.RL.2): Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects on a topic; summarize the text.


Creativity and Innovation (K-12): Implement Innovations - Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur.


Science (5-8.S2.C2.PO1): Describe how science is an ongoing process that changes in response to new information and discoveries.



*Please note:  Play titles and performance dates are subject to change.