Illustration by Patrick McDonnell.

Illustration by Patrick McDonnell.


‘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.

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


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
Grades 1-4

Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway




October 24–November 15, 2019
Thursdays and Fridays
(plus Tues., 10/29)
9:45am and 11:45am
Runtime: 60 minutes.


Funding Assistance and Ticket to Read
Funding assistance applications for the 2019-2020 season are available now. Schools with 70+% free and reduce lunch participation may apply. 

Ticket to Read is a program linking literacy to live theater by providing students from low-income schools with a free theater ticket and a companion book to take home.  Learn more!


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