When: Sundays, 2 p.m., Fri., Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Fri., Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Sun., Feb. 23, 2 & 5 p.m. and Sun., March 1, 2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 16 2020
There are some kids who don't like reading, or maybe as award-winning author Jason Reynolds thinks, they don't like reading boring books. Reynolds — who was recently named the national ambassador for young people's literature — set out to write books these kids would enjoy with his Track series. The first book in the series is Ghost, which tells the story of Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw, a young man haunted by the memories of his violent father. Maybe this is why he's frequently in trouble and always running away from more trouble. When Coach sees how Ghost runs, he offers him a chance to join the Defenders, an elite middle school track team. All Ghost has to do is keep running and stay on the track, but that's not as easy as it sounds. Playwright Idris Goodwin adapted Reynolds' Ghost for the stage, and Metro Theater Company presents the world premiere of the play this month. Ghost debuts at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 2, at the Grandel (3610 Grandel Square, www.metroplays.org). The play continues on a staggered schedule through March 1, and tickets are $14 to $24.