The Kennedy Center


She A Gem

Friday, February 15, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019

Performances For Young Audiences The Human Journey

Jump into a tale of double dutch, friendship, and teamwork. In this original play by Josh Wilder, three teenagers form a double dutch team in inner city Philadelphia to compete in their neighborhood block party. Age 12+

Search for Current Events


World premiere Kennedy Center commission

In this original play by Josh Wilder, three teenagers—Krystin, Jaleesa, and Amber—form a double dutch team in inner city Philadelphia to compete in their neighborhood block party. If they win, they’ll receive a special prize: their futures told by Ms. Mary, the local psychic. Will they become a famous singer? A hair dresser? Or maybe a “gem,” a special leader who cares for the neighborhood?

Then they meet a pregnant teen from North Philly who can jump double dutch almost better than any of them. Just as the girls anticipate learning about their futures, they’ll learn something important about her past that affects them all.

Please note: This performance includes a strobe light effect.
Most enjoyed by age 12 and up. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Prepare for She a Gem with our performance guides.

Stay after for a Deeper Dive
Following all performances, special guest experts will engage audiences in a conversation that unpacks the themes presented on stage. 


Written by Josh Wilder
Choreographed by Jocelyn Isaac
Directed by Paige Hernandez

Scenic Design by Deb Sivigny
Costume Design by Sarah Woodham
Lighting and Projection Design by Rob Siler
Sound Design by Kenny Neal

Cast features Moriamo Temidayo Akibu, Heather Gibson, Alicia Grace, Kashayna Johnson, and Aakhu Tuahnera Freeman

This event is part of The Human Journey,collaboration between the Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, and the National Gallery of Art. The Human Journey invites audiences to investigate the powerful experiences of migration, exploration, identity, and resilience through the lenses of the performing arts, science, and visual art.

Watch and Listen

Top 5 Tips: Double Dutch with Ebony Ingram and the Cast of "She A Gem"

She A Gem | The Kennedy Center