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All Berkeley Shows Are Sold Out

Performing at Fort Mason Center March 18 & 19, 2023.

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There will be times when...

It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet…but somehow you do it. This west coast premiere musical is based on Jacqueline Woodson’s most popular picture books, a #1 New York Times bestseller illustrated by Rafael López and featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices.

The Day You Begin is a poignant and heartening musical about finding courage to connect, even when you feel afraid.

Performance runs 50 minutes.

Recommended for 5+

(but all ages are welcome)

Directed by

Khalia Davis


Jacqueline Woodson


Toshi Reagon

Illustrations By

Rafael López

Based on the Book By

Jacqueline Woodson

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All Berkeley Performances Are Currently Sold Out!

Live Audio Description February 25 @ 10:30am by Europa Grace of Gravity Access Services is generously supported by the Ford Foundation

Due to high demand, the following ticket policy is in place to ensure that available patrons can attend the shows they desire. If you have any questions, please contact us at

NOTE: This policy applies to Berkeley performances only. San Francisco performances cannot be rescheduled, credited, or refunded.

Looking for San Francisco dates?

The Day You Begin is performing at Fort Mason Center on March 18 and 19.

Click the button to register through the Fort Mason ticketing system.

Are You A Member? We offer a limited number of available member spots for each performance in San Francisco due to the special circumstances of this event. If you are interested in attending The Day You Begin Performance in San Francisco, please click here to fill out an interest form

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Performing at BACT Berkeley Central

Bay Area Children’s Theatre gives Shuumi to acknowledge that we are living and working on occupied Ohlone territories. With respect, we acknowledge them as the original keepers of the land we stand and create art on. Read more about our Land Acknowledgement.

2055 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

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COVID-19 Policy

We require all audience members to wear a mask in our intimate Berkeley Theater.