The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

March 30 – May 26

Performance Times:
Saturday @ 1pm & 3:30pm
Sunday @ 3:30pm
$16-19.50 (Includes all service fees)
Run time: 75 minutes
See below for content details

“This really is the most charming of narratives…”

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“[Filament Theatre] is known for its exciting, incredibly inventive productions of kid’s stories. But this magnificently moving adaptation… may be the company’s finest production in a long line of great theatre.”

– Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

“A testament to the (non)human spirit … an allegory of survival and hope.”

-Chicago Reader

About the Show:

Filament: How would you describe the story of Edward Tulane?
Young Audience Member: Happy, then sad, then all mixed up.

Kate DiCamillo’s beloved book is brought to life in Filament’s characteristic intimate style, with dynamic characters and live music. 

Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit made of china. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edward has no interest in anyone other than himself. On an ocean voyage, Edward is accidentally thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his journey—a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. He can neither move nor speak. As years pass by, Edward meets many different people in many different situations. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again.

Pop Up Museum of Childhood Treasures

Edward Tulane tells the story of a beloved toy rabbit and his extraordinary adventures.  But we know Edward isn’t the only toy with stories to tell! We invite you to bring a favorite stuffed companion to share in our “Pop Up Museum” — a show-and-tell environment where audience members can share their childhood treasures.  Audience members of all ages are invited to participate (Yes, grown-ups, we mean you too!).

Is this play right for my family?

All ages are always welcome at Filament. Below is some information that may help you decide if this play is right for your family!

Filament’s stage version of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a very faithful adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s beautiful novel.  Get an advance look at the characters and story by purchasing the book in advance, or checking it out at your local library.  

Edward Tulane’s miraculous journey contains moments of peril, including loss and death. If you have questions about the content and whether it is right for your child, please email us at

The Team:

The Actors:
Juanita Andersen, Mariah Copeland, Nik Kmiecik, and Alejandro Tey
Understudies: Kathryn Incardona and Laila Sauer

The Production Team:

Author: Kate DiCamillo
Adaptor: Dwayne Hartford
Director: Kathryn Walsh
Composer: Tim McNulty
Costume Designer: Noel Huntzinger
Set Designer: Sarah JHP Watkins
Sound Designer: Matthew Chapman
Lighting Designer: Jessica Carson
Puppet Design: First Stage Milwaukee

Technical Director: Nicholas Schwartz
Dialect Coach: Lindsay Bartlett
Scenic Painter: Jennifer Bradley
Stage Manager: Sarah Collogne
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Franklin
Assistant Director: Danny Kapinos
Assistant Costume Designer: Auden Granger
Assistant Set Designer: Catherine Perez

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company, Inc., Woodstock, Illinois. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was originally commissioned, developed and produced at Childsplay in Tempe, Ariz. David P. Saar, artistic director; Steve Martin, managing director.

Sensory-friendly performance:

Join us on Sunday, April 28th @ 1pm for a sensory-friendly version of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Buy Tickets Here.

School Matinee Performances

Filament offers school matinee performances on Tuesdays during the performance run at 9:45am & 12pm. School tickets range from $7-$10 with free teacher tickets. Learn more…

Book Club

Have you read the book? Or did attending the show inspire you to read the book with your kids? Come on back to Filament Theatre on May 16th from 6pm-7:15pm to partake in discussions and creative activities based in the story. Participation is $5 for all. (Pizza included!) Learn more…


Save 25% when you purchase tickets for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Luna at the same time! Save 25% now…

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Filament Theatre would like to thank Stephanie Cutter Group – Irving Park Real Estate for being a preview sponsor of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.