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Childsplay brings science fiction to stage with ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 9:00 am

Practically a childhood right of passage, “A Wrinkle in Time” is a book a lot of adults can credit with sparking a love for science fiction and fantasy — or at least introducing words like “mitochondria” and “tesseract” to their vocabulary. Whether you want to acquaint your own kids with the beloved story or just take a trip down memory lane, you can see the stage adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s 1963 Newbery Medal-winning book in Tempe.

Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theatre company of adult artists who perform for kids and families, is mounting the production to celebrate the book’s 50th anniversary.

The unusual tale centers on the fantastic adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin, three children in search of Meg’s father — a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Today’s 4 p.m. preview performance, sponsored by The Steele Foundation, includes a free storybook for each family in attendance. Tickets are $12.

A “Mad Science” special event, slated for May 5, will include an hour of science experiments and hands-on activities before showtime. Tickets to the Mad Science event are $30 and include the play.

“A Wrinkle in Time” is recommended for ages 8 and up.

DETAILS >> 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. Sundays, through May 26. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Tickets start at $12. (480) 350-2822 or

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