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Background image from Indigenous, selections of Quantum, photography by Acid Test Photography

He'eo'o 

Winner of the 2019 Native Storytellers Contest with the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program!

Characters:  5M  :  3W

Synopsis: Gun smoke, burning embers, and the cries of women and children is the new reality for a sleepy Cheyenne village that asked the United States Government for peace seven days prior. Following the early morning attack by the 7th U.S. Calvary lead by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, the surviving women are broken, beaten, and bleeding while they await their impending doom. Fueled by her desire to lead her people, avenge her father’s death, and the spiritual support of the Great Spirit Maheo’o, Walking Woman remains resilient. Inspired by Trojan Women by Euripides, He'eo'o (Translation: Women, pronunciation: eh-yo or ā-yō) asks the question: when white men, when Americans write the history books how will we know the truth?

Quantum

2020 Finalist for the National Playwrights Conference with the Eugene O'Neill Center!


Characters:  3M  :  5W 

Synopsis: Ivy Johnson was adopted in the fall of 1998 to a Mexican American mother and an African American father. Although it's obvious that she's of color, she has never known where she comes from or her racial background - that is until she sorts through her mail at Thanksgiving. The following weeks come with major discoveries, but they only leave her with more questions. What makes someone Native? A blood quantum mandate demanded by the Federal Government? Culture, language, and pride? What does it mean when your identity is stripped away from you? Rediscovering culture, reclaiming Indigenous identity, and learning what it means to be a Native woman in contemporary America is the road Ivy must travel. Inspired by my maternal grandfather's story.


Watch a digital recording of a reading of Quantum directed by Jake Hart and produced by the American Indian Community House in July 2020! 

Sections


Characters:  3M  :  3W; optional 3M : 4W

Synopsis: Emile is a racially ambiguous young woman new to an urban city, an office job, and her coworker/new roommate’s friend group. Sarah, Mary, Matthew, Mark, and Luke have known one another since childhood and/or their time throughout undergraduate studies. All are white and liberal feminists that have proudly separated themselves from the people they believe spew hate and oppress marginalized groups. However, Emile finds herself isolated and the recipient of “well-intended” commentary. All while Emile is navigating her place in this group and Matthew’s seemingly genuine affections, she is taking care of her younger sister, Yamin who lives in her hometown, 19 hours away. When things start to spin out of control over the course of a weekend, Emile quickly realizes that keeping quiet is no longer a viable option. Her “friends” mean well; that has to count for something, right? Celebrating intersectionality and living prove to be two different things.

Bound

2019 Native American New Play Festival Winner with Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company!


Characters:  4M  :  1W  :  1N

Synopsis: Weaving through time from the 1850s to modern day, the intersection of sacred, ancestral land and tribal sovereignty as innate rights are explored in BOUND, but do these rights end where the boundary of Mexico begins? Marigold Page is a Tohono O'odham woman working to resist the construction of a wall along the southern border of the United States as it would split her Nation in half. She meets John, a land surveyor, and as a romance blossoms an oil company representative attempts to build a pipeline through their land following the decision at Standing Rock. Rouge border patrol agents, oil tycoons, and a hesitant tribal council are what Marigold must face in order to assure that her ancestral lands remain intact for future generations. Paralleling this fight are the events surrounding the Gadsden Purchase of 1853, the building of a transcontinental railroad through Indigenous lands, Manifest Destiny, and the redrawing of the Mexican-American border in the name of southern imperialism. Marigold is determined that history does not repeat itself.

Hamlet: El Príncipe de Denmark 

Characters:  6M  :  3W  :  2N

Synopsis: This bilingual play takes place during the Indigenous Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos in the midst of a colonization battle. However, unlike the thousands of celebrations before, a ghost returns to seek revenge for his unnatural death by the hands of his brother. Hamlet must fulfill his late father's wishes while protecting his culture as the new regime attempts to erase it for greed, land, and power shown to them by England and Spain. Adapted by Tara Moses, written by William Shakespeare, translations by Editorial Porrúa.

Don Juan

Characters:  3M  :  3W  :  1N plus a chorus

Synopsis: Set in modern day and inspired by the Spanish romantic-phantasmagoric-religious drama Don Juan Tenorio by José Zorrilla, Don Juan changes the narrative to reflect agency, accountability, and the dangers of machismo culture. Don Juan is a notorious playboy whose only interest in life is seducing women - with or without their consent. He learns that his best friend (and former partner in crime) Don Luis is getting married to news anchor Doña Ana who has been covering an upcoming event led by activists to honor women and girls who have been killed by machismo men during Dia de Los Muertos. Don Juan convinces Don Luis to engage in one last bet - seduce Doña Inés who recently joined the Convento de la Dama de Guadalupe...and Doña Ana for the pot of money he's saved for his wedding. Classic sword-fighting, Spanish ballroom dance, and social commentary on consent, abuse, and toxic masculinity are sprinkled throughout the play as machismo culture leaves a trail of victims in its wake. Featuring original text by José Zorrilla.

Arbeka

The creation and development of this play was supported by the First Peoples Fund Cultural Capital Fellowship


Characters:  2M :  3W

Synopsis: Loretta Cloud, the family’s matriarch, invites the audience in for a taste of her family during their last summer dances at the Arbeka grounds as she is welcoming her screenwriter niece, Hokte Tiger back after a decade. Told through stories, humor, food, music, and dance Hokte remembers what it means to be a Tiger.

Patchwork

Characters: 1M : 3W

SynopsisAfter reuniting with her niece last summer, the family's matriarch Loretta Cloud surprises Hokte with a Seminole patchwork dress with Mvskoke ribbon work. This 10-minute play takes place nearly a year after Arbeka.