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Jabari Dreams of Freedom: Sensory-Friendly

First Woman
from New York, New York

April 1, 2022
Recommended Grades
Grades 3 – 6
Free for Education Partners
What Kind of Show?
Theater; eclectic and sincere
Running Time
55 minutes with no intermission
The New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

School-time tickets may only be booked by Partner organizations.

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Week of March 28 – April 3

Apr 01

Fri, 11am

Live audio-description provided
Relaxed performance adapted for sensory sensitivities
This performance has live sign-interpretation.


  • Audio Described Performance

    Live audio-description provided

  • Audio Described Performance

    Relaxed performance adapted for sensory sensitivities

  • Audio Described Performance

    This performance has live sign-interpretation.

Schools 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.

What to Expect

This performance will also be sign-interpreted and audio-described.
  • Modified lighting and sound
  • Judgement-free, inclusive environment
  • Calming corner and activity area
  • Specialists and support resources

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

Nambi E. Kelley

Daniel Carlton

Music Director
Joe Plummer

Projections Designer
Leo Lei