In an abandoned lot in inner-city Cleveland, nine-year-old Kim plants a few lima beans from which astonishing social reform grows. A chain reaction of responses to the fledgling garden in this immigrant neighborhood brings unexpected results. With each person motivated to add to and nurture the garden, the world transforms—crime is thwarted, tolerance, generosity and friendship are spread.  Those few small beans develop into a powerful force of change.

Based on the popular book of the same title, this one-woman show will plant wonder in your heart, as a reminder that we’re capable of making the world a better place, and an inspiration to do so.

Charlotte Martin Theatre

Age Recommendation
For Ages 8+


This production has past.

“a one-woman masterpiece”


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Cast / Creative

Sonja Parks


Gin Hammond


Production Team

Peter C. Brosius Director

Joe Chvala Choreographer

Jamie J. Kranz CTC Stage Manager

Jorge Cousineau Scenic & Projection Designer

Sonya Berlovitz Costume Designer

Paul Whitaker Lighting Designer

Craig Gottschalk Assoc. Lighting Designer & CTC Lighting and Video Director

Sean Healey Sound Designer

Victor Zupanc Composer

Elissa Adams Dramaturg

D'Arcy Smith Dialect Coach

Ellen Baker Production Manager

Jenny R. Friend Production Stage Manager

Adriane Heflin Technical Director

Reading List

Recommended Reading: for ages 8+

The Seeds of Friendship
By Michael Foreman

Inside Out and Back Again
By Thanhha Lai

The Ugly Vegetables
By Grace Lin

Grandpa Green
By Lane Smith

Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard
By Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Lola Plants a Garden
By Anna McQuinn

(Booklist prepared by Cecilia McGowen, King County Library System)

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Running Time: 75 minutes, no intermission.

ENCORE: Seedfolks [interactive arts program PDF]