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2022-2023 Performances for Young Audiences at The Kennedy Center

20222023 Performances for Young Audiences at The Kennedy Center

The Day You Begin

This world premiere commissioned musical is based on one of Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s most popular picture books, a #1 New York Timesbestseller illustrated by Rafael López and featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. Adapted by Woodson with music by Toshi Reagon and direction by Charlotte Brathwaite, The Day You Begin is a poignant and heartening musical about finding courage to connect, even when you feel afraid.

This Is The Rope

This world premiere NSO Family Concert will feature Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson reading This Is the Rope onstage with a new score by Quinn Mason played by the National Symphony Orchestra, featuring projected illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award-winner James Ransome.

Each Kindness

Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson will narrate her unforgettable book Each Kindness onstage for its world premiere as a small ensemble performance with musicians and other special guests. Featuring projections of E.B. Lewis’s striking artwork, this story’s powerful anti-bullying message will resonate with audiences long after they've left the theater.

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for adults, children, and adolescents. She is best known for her National Book Award-Winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. Her picture books The Day You Begin and The Year We Learned to Fly were NY Times Bestsellers. After serving as the Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress for 2018–19. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2020. Later that same year, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.