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`Jabari Dreams of Freedom` (Image courtesy of Shea's Performing Arts Center)
"Jabari Dreams of Freedom" (Image courtesy of Shea's Performing Arts Center)

'Jabari Dreams of Freedom' headed to Shea's 710 Theatre


Tue, Jan 24th 2023 02:20 pm

Shea’s 710 Theatre announced “Jabari Dreams of Freedom” will be on stage this February.

It stated, “Ten-year-old Jabari loves to paint. And through his art, he escapes the turbulent world around him, and the reality of a friend hurt by police violence. In his dreams, 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. He also meets his hero, Barack Obama, as a 7-year-old boy on the eve of the assassination of MLK Jr.

“Will Jabari be able to instill in 7-year-old Barack the lessons he has learned and therefore ensure that Barack will have the necessary tools to become president? Will Jabari learn to take these lessons back into his own life and heal his community? Using rap, freedom songs, history and humor, this play explores what it means to have courage in a world where Black children, Black boys, are not safe.”

The show is said to be best for grades 3-6 (ages 8-11).

A public performance will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at sheas.org or at the Shea's box office.

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