The Kennedy Center


Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Sunday, December 10, 2017

JFK Centennial Celebration Performances For Young Audiences

In this brand new musical adaptation, join a young Dr. Jane Goodall and her special toy chimpanzee Jubilee as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. Age 6+

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Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall
A world premiere Kennedy Center commission
Adapted by Andy Mitton, Patrick McDonnell, and Aaron Posner
Music and lyrics by Andy Mitton
Based on the book Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Choreographed by Christopher d’Amboise
Directed by Aaron Posner
Cast features Eymard Cabling, Sam Ludwig, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Awa Sal Secka, and Erin Weaver as Young Jane
Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy

“The idea of bringing Me...Jane to the stage is very exciting. I love the book and I am sure that the live action will inspire children of all ages to pursue their dreams and to realize if Jane did it, they can do it, too.”—Jane Goodall  

Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Together, Jane and Jubilee went on outdoor adventures and observed all the miracles of nature around them. As they learned more and more on their expeditions, Jane dreamed of spending the rest of her life living with and helping animals. And one day, she would go on to do just that. 

In this brand new musical adaptation, join young Jane and her special friend as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall’s autobiography, this adaptation makes this very true story accessible for the young—and young at heart.

Most enjoyed by age 6 and up. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Prepare for the show with our Me...Jane Grownup Guide! View and download here.

One of the most poignant moments I’ve recently seen at the theater”
—DC Theatre Scene

Me…Jane is a teaching moment for adults, an encouraging story for kids, and a heartening tale of the potential locked within us all, for everyone in between.”
—DC Metro Theater Arts

Get yourself and your whole family to the Kennedy Center before this show swings away.”
—Broadway World

NOTE: Me…Jane author Patrick McDonnell will sign copies of his book in the Hall of States outside of the Family Theater following the 1:30 p.m. performance on Sunday November 19th.

Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance.
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.

Stay after the 1:30 p.m. performance on Nov. 18 for a free Kids’ Chat!
Following the performance, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.

Watch and Listen

"Animals, Animals" from Me...Jane at the Kennedy Center!

Meet Jubilee! From Me...Jane - A Play about Jane Goodall - at the Kennedy Center

Jane Goodall sees Me...Jane for the first time!