The Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica is presenting a theater production of the science fiction novel A Wrinkle in Time with a cast of young adult actors.

Performances are scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. Sundays through April 11th at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 science fantasy novel, beloved by children and adults, follows awkward adolescent Meg Murry and her brother Charles Wallace as they search for their missing father. With the help of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, the young people travel through a mystical tesseract — a wrinkle in time — to face the evil “IT” and rescue their father.

Adapted for the stage by Los Angeles playwright James Sie, the production of “A Wrinkle in Time” at Morgan-Wixson is a West Coast premiere.

Typically portrayed by adult actors when this well-known novel was dramatized, the Morgan-Wixson Theatre chose to use theatrical realism by casting children’s roles with real children, a theatre spokesperson said.

Realistic casting is part of what makes good theater,” says director Anne Gesling. “Why not do what the movies do — cast children to play children’s roles,” she said.

There will be a post-performance discussion after the April 11th performance with the cast and playwright.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for children 12 and under.

Information, (310) 828-7519, or www.morgan-wixson.org/.

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