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Jabari Dreams of Freedom

First Woman
from New York, New York

March 25 – April 3, 2022
Recommended Ages
For everyone 7 and up
Price
Tickets start at $20
What Kind of Show?
Theater; eclectic and sincere
Running Time
45 minutes with no intermission
Venue
The New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

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Week of March 21 – 27

Mar 25

Fri, 7pm

Mar 26

Sat, 2pm

Mar 26

Sat, 7pm

Get to know the performers and creative team at a Talk-Back!

Mar 27

Sun, 12pm

Mar 27

Sun, 5pm

Week of March 28 – April 3

Apr 02

Sat, 2pm

Live Sign-Interpretation provided by partner organization Hands On.
Get to know the performers and creative team at a Talk-Back!
Live audio-description provided

Apr 02

Sat, 7pm

Apr 03

Sun, 5pm

Key

  • Audio Described Performance
    Audio-Described

    Live audio-description provided

  • Audio Described Performance
    Sensory-Friendly

    Relaxed performance adapted for sensory sensitivities

  • Audio Described Performance
    Sign-Interpreted

    Live Sign-Interpretation provided by partner organization Hands On.

  • Audio Described Performance
    Talk-Back

    Get to know the performers and creative team at a Talk-Back!

Sensory-Friendly Performance

About the Show

Young Jabari isn’t trying to dream big. He’s just trying to live free. Through his art and his dreams, Jabari escapes to where Ruby Bridges, Claudette Colvin and other young heroes of the Civil Rights Movement teach him what it means to be fearless. When he meets an impressionable six-year-old Barack Obama, will Jabari have the courage to share the lessons he learned from the past to help ensure the future? Through rap, freedom songs, hip-hop dance and humor, Jabari Dreams of Freedom empowers young audiences to be brave and stand up. Let’s lift every voice and sing!

Young Jabari learns lessons of courage from civil rights-era heroes.

Did You Know?

  1. In the spirit of this production, protest signs will be dispersed to audience members during parts of the show that feature Civil Rights Era historical protests. Hold them high!
  2. Jabari Dreams of Freedom contains depictions of things that happened during the Civil Rights Era and that are still happening today—racism, police violence, protests.
  3. An award-winning actress and playwright, Nambi E. Kelley was chosen by literary legend Toni Morrison to adapt her novel Jazz for the stage. She’s also the recipient of the Ben & Jerry’s Peacemaker of the Year Award for her work on Peace to the Fourth Power, a violence prevention play for young people.

About the Company

First Woman is named for the East African creation story from which playwright and founder Nambi E. Kelley’s first name comes, and the digital version of Jabari Dreams of Freedom was the inaugural production. Nambi E. Kelley first developed Jabari Dreams of Freedom at Chicago Children’s Theatre in 2016, then continued developing it during her time as a New Victory LabWorks Artist.

Creative Team

Playwright
Nambi E. Kelley

Director
Daniel Carlton

Music Director
Joe Plummer

Projections Designer
Leo Lei

Photos

Photo: Abboye Lawrence
Photo: Abboye Lawrence
Photo: Abboye Lawrence
Photo: Abboye Lawrence
Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
Photo: Abboye Lawrence
Photo: Abboye Lawrence
Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos

Explore

Nambi E. Kelley and Daniel Carlton in conversation.
A play made for families! Discover what drove Nambi to write Jabari Dreams of Freedom for her nephew and how her dad influenced the playwriting process.
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