Chicago Premiere

May 2 - June 29, 2019

A captivating and complicated tale about the intersection of family, responsibility, and progress at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

Bowzie Brandon, his wife Evelyn, and their best friends Tony and Sally-Mae see happiness on the horizon when Bowzie gets a scholarship to attend college and improve his family’s life. However, when the opportunity to become a Freedom Rider arises, Bowzie leaves his obligations as a husband and friend behind to join the fight against racism in the Deep South. TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET is a powerful look at the tenuous balance between security and risk, the bonds of love and friendship, and the personal cost of progress.

Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder was recently named one of “Tomorrow’s Marquee Names, Now in the Making” by The New York Times. Previously seen at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre and in an extended Off Broadway run at Roundabout Theatre, TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET was the recipient of the 2017 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award. Hailed “an exceptional work, one that will dive-bomb into your head and your heart” (Talkin’ Broadway) and a story “that examines life on both the margins and at the epicenter of historic change” (Stage Left), this stunning play “brings the early civil rights movement up close and personal” (Deadline).

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Discussions & Events

  • Opening Night Celebration: TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET
    May 2, 2019 at 7:30pm

    Opening Night for this Chicago premiere, the final production of our 2018-19 Season.

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  • TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET: Post-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for informal post-show discussions with members of the production team and cast.

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  • TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET: Company Member Discussion
    Sunday, May 19

    Join us for an informal chat with TimeLine’s Company Members after today’s performance.

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  • Open Captioned Performance of TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET
    Saturday, June 1 at 4:00 pm

    Featuring a text display of words and sounds heard during the performance.

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  • TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET: Sunday Scholars Series
    Sunday, June 2

    This one-hour post-show panel discussion features experts on the themes of the play.

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  • TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET: PRE-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for an informal sneak peek into this production with members of the production team.

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