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Jabari Dreams Of Freedom


February 1
February 12
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Jabari Dreams of Freedom
May 24 – 28, 2021
Best for Grades 3 – 6

10-year old Jabari loves to paint. And through these paintings and in his dreams, he escapes the reality of the turbulent world around him. He meets children and young people from the Civil Rights Era, including Ruby Bridges, Claudette Colvin, and others, who teach him how to be fearless. Will Jabari learn to take these lessons back into his own life and heal his community?  Using rap, freedom songs, hip-hop dance, history, and humor, this play explores what it means to have courage.

Pre-recorded Performance:
 55 minutes
Unlimited Access for 2 weeks: May 24-28, 2021
Exclusive, password-protected video link
Students and teachers may watch when convenient from school or home.
Number of students served: no limit
Number of views: no limit
Study Guide: includes activities & discussion/writing prompts.

fee: $1,000.00

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Additional live student and teacher/parent workshops also available. By using the play as a springboard for discussion and art-making, the teaching artist will conduct theatre games, improvisational activities, and Q&A sessions intended to stimulate these young minds around the subject of Black fear in youth. Students will be encouraged to share their experience of the play and to ask questions about the theatre-making process.

Adult Workshop

Another workshop the company can offer is  geared toward the adults who are navigating these issues with our young people. While children are at the heart of Jabari, it is monumentally important that their teachers and parents are also given tools and support. We will facilitate community conversations centered around childhood trauma, bringing in local civic leaders, therapists, and members of the police force.

*DATES MAY BE FLEXIBLE. To learn more about dates and/or schedule a workshop, contact stephanie.turner@liu.edu


Jabari Dreams of Freedom, 2016

Production History

JABARI DREAMS OF FREEDOM was first commissioned by Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell at the Chicago Children’s Theatre in 2015. After a writing period of 10 months, it received its first workshop in the winter of 2015. The play then had its world premiere at CCT in 2016 directed by Lili-Anne Brown with musical composition by Jaret Landon.

JABARI DREAMS OF FREEDOM was awarded a residency in New York City at the New Victory Theatre as part of New Victory LabWorks 2018-19, an opportunity made possible by generous funding from Playhouse Square. The residency included development, networking opportunities, rehearsal space, and multiple workshops over the course of the season that culminated in two public performances in June 2019 directed by Daniel Carlton.

For more information, visit the JABARI DREAMS OF FREEDOM website: http://www.jabari-dreams-of-freedom.com