For parents whose children push open the door to their bedroom and ask to be told a story to help them go to sleep, the Alliance Theatre in Midtown is offering a play that will bring back those memories.

The play, “Hey Willy, See the Pyramids,” which is being staged today through July 28 and again from Sept. 24 through Oct. 27 in the Selig Family Black Box Theatre, explores the vivid place where bedtime stories meet dreamland, a news release on the production stated.

The play is based on the children’s book by the same name, written by Maira Kalman, whose illustrations are being featured next door at the High Museum of Art’s exhibition of her stories and illustrations, “The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children,” on view through Sept. 15.

The exhibition is also in conjunction with the Alliance’s world premiere play, “Max Makes a Million,” based on the illustrator’s/author’s book by the same name and performed June 20 through July 21.

According to the “Hey Willy” release, this play, suitable for children as old as 5, will take young audiences on a magical ride as the colors, shapes, words and characters from a story told to Willy by his sister, Lula, come to life.

“Maira Kalman’s book explores that magical space between waking and sleeping consciousness, where reality coexists with dreams, where logic gives way to the stream of conscious,” Christopher Moses, the Alliance’s director of education and associate artistic director, said. “We felt this story was a perfect invitation to explore that universal moment where little ones desperately want to stay awake to hear one more story but are starting to drift into sleep. It’s in those gentle and silly moments where the imagination runs wild that ‘Hey Willy, See the Pyramids’ lives.”

The play, under the direction of Leora Morris with original music by Ben Coleman, will give the children lots to see, touch and do, the release stated, with an invitation to meet it all with curiosity and joy.

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