Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Performance Dates: May 20th - June 5, 2022
Run Time: 40 Minutes
Best for Ages: 16 and up
Year(s) Produced: 2022
An adaptation of Maya Angelou’s groundbreaking book that will introduce a new generation to this American literary icon.

About Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

On a rainy day in Stamps, Arkansas, Maya Angelou has returned to the now-abandoned general store where she grew up and came of age. While inside, the room conjures memories, and she reminisces out loud the events and lessons learned on her tumultuous, painful, beautiful, and extraordinary journey into womanhood.

Adapted by award-winning playwright Idris Goodwin and directed by Khalia Davis, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings weaves unaltered prose directly from Angelou’s groundbreaking and controversial book and introduces a new generation to this American literary icon.


New York City Children’s Theater is proud to present Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings. As a theater, we believe that Ms. Angelou’s story belongs onstage, a story of resilience and one woman’s journey to find her voice.

To truthfully present Ms. Angelou’s work to the fullest, we have chosen to address material and thematic elements we have not in the past. To best serve our community, we have partnered with mental health professionals to determine the following content warning:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings contains material that may be harmful or triggering to some audiences. The performance contains verbalized child sexual violence, verbalized sexual violence, racism and racist slurs, and violent imagery, which may be activating to some viewers and is inappropriate for young children. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

If you’d like to speak to a member of the NYCCT team to find out more about the specifics of these scenes before you purchase tickets, click here or email [email protected].

Please review our COVID-19 Safety Measures to see what protocols will be in place at the theater this season. 

Show Credits

Adapted for the stage by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Khalia Davis
Developed in partnership with Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” Copyright © 1969 by Maya Angelou,
Copyright renewed © 1997 by Maya Angelou
Used with permission of Caged Bird Legacy, LLC

Tickets and Showtimes for Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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May 20th at 7pm

May 21st at 2pm

May 21st at 7pm

May 22nd at 3pm

May 26th at 7pm

May 27th at 7pm

May 28th at 2pm

May 28th at 7pm

May 29th at 3pm

June 2nd at 7pm

June 3rd at 7pm

June 4th at 2pm

June 4th at 7pm

June 5th at 3pm

Tickets are pay what you can, with a suggested ticket price of $20. Please note there is a $.50 minimum. If you cannot afford to pay anything for your tickets, please fill out this form.

Content Warning

New York City Children’s Theater is proud to present Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings. As a theater, we believe that Ms. Angelou’s story belongs onstage, a story of resilience and one woman’s journey to find her voice.

To truthfully present Ms. Angelou’s work to the fullest, we have chosen to address material and thematic elements we have not in the past. To best serve our community, we have partnered with mental health professionals to determine the following content warning:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings contains material that may be harmful or triggering to some audiences. The performance contains verbalized child sexual violence, verbalized sexual violence, racism and racist slurs, and violent imagery, which may be activating to some viewers and is inappropriate for young children. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

If you’d like to speak to a member of the NYCCT team to find out more about the specifics of these scenes before you purchase tickets, click here or email [email protected].

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