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ME...JANE


Me…Jane (2019). Illustration by Patrick McDonnell.

Me…Jane (2019). Illustration by Patrick McDonnell.

OCTOBER 19–NOVEMBER 17, 2019
Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

‘With the wind in her hair, she read and reread the books about Tarzan of the Apes, in which another girl, also named Jane, lived in the jungles of Africa.’

10-year-old Jane Goodall and her sidekick Jubilee (a stuffed monkey doll) journey no further than their quaint, English backyard. In Jane’s daydreams, however, they eat breakfast on the Sahara, feel the ground shake during the Great Migration on the Serengeti, and smell the air on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Me…Jane (2019). Illustration by Patrick McDonnell.

Me…Jane (2019). Illustration by Patrick McDonnell.

Commissioned by the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, childhood imagination leads the way in this musical portrayal of Jane’s lifelong love of animals, starting with backyard chickens, hungry squirrels, and neighborhood dogs. Defying expectations of what girls “should” do, Jane’s natural curiosity leads her (and Jubilee) all the way to the land of her dreams: living amongst the chimpanzees in the jungles of Africa.

Me…Jane is a teaching moment for adults, an encouraging story for kids, and a heartening tale of the potential locked within us all...
— DC Metro Theater Arts
Me…Jane (2019). Illustration by Patrick McDonnell.

Me…Jane (2019). Illustration by Patrick McDonnell.

The Big Ideas
Curiosity can lead to important discoveries.
Observing the natural world helps you learn about yourself and others.
Achieving your goals requires perseverance.

Recommended for
Ages 5 and up

Runtime
60 minutes

“Adapted by Patrick McDonnell and Aaron Posner 
Music and Lyrics by Andy Mitton 
Based on the book Me... Jane by Patrick McDonnell”

Earlier Event: October 18
The Brandenburgs: Six Iconic Concertos
Later Event: October 19
Dancing in the Streets