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Gieogamah, Hanay (Kiowa/Delaware)

The American Indian theater has before it the challenge of helping Indian people to better know who they are and how their lives are being affected by all the changes occurring at the end of the twentieth century.As artists , they must establish a strong identity base in their work to help confront and clarify the endless confusions resulting from non-Indians beliefs and misperceptions of Indian life.  They must work to untangle the mass of confusions that stereotyping, assimilation, and acculturation have created in the minds of Indians themselves.  And they must develop courage and strength to handle failure, ignorance, envy, and even success.
¾Hanay Geiogamah
 American Indian Theater in Performance: A Reader

Body Indian
1972

Foghorn
1973

49
1975

Body Indian, Foghorn and 49 are published as New Native American Drama: Three Plays. Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 1980.

Coon Cons Coyote

Grandma

Grandpa

Foghorn, Coon Cons Coyote, 49, Grandma, Grandpa are published in Stories of Our Way:
An anthology of American Indian Plays Ed. Hanay Geiogomah and Jaye T. Darby.  Los Angeles:

UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 1999.           

War Dancer
1977

Land Sale
1978

 

Glancy, Diane (Cherokee)

American Gypsy
Casting: 3 W 6 M  plus.  The play is about the transient wave of our lives across the land.  Its about hurt, loss, friendship, love and the mystery of Peris sisters bizarre birth and life.  It also deals with Christianity and Indian religion.

Bull Star

Halfact
One act.  Casting: 1 W 1 M plus narrator

Jump Kiss
Playwrights notes:  Jump Kiss rides upon plates like the earths crust.  I suppose the seven moveable plates could be read in different order.  Jump Kiss is a search for definition of self, fragmented by the act of memory, buckling events, pushing one under another.  Disordering the landscape in other words.  Acrylic and mixed media.  A title I saw on a painting.  I want to do that with writing.  A new genre-tive blend of the fictive and non-fictive.  Jump Kiss is the explanation ceremony.  A recovery of events and experiences and relationships for the purpose of understanding what has passed.

The Lesser Wars
Explores the risk of relationship with the other, the risk of knowing self, and the risk of relationship with the structure of writing.
Produced during the Sky Woman Festival by Voice and Vision Theater in conjunction with Red Road Productions at the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY. 
November 18-21, 1999.  Directed by Renee Phillippi.

Mother of Mosquitos

Segwohi

Stick Horse

The Truth Teller
One act.  Casting: 1 W 1 M. Setting: circa 1800.
Published in Stories of Our Way: An Anthology of American Indian Plays.  Ed. Hanay Geiogomah and Jaye T. Darby.  Los Angeles: UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 1999.  339-354.

The Best Fancy Dancer The Pushmataha Pow Wows Ever Seen
Two acts.  Casting: 1 W 1 M  plus two characters in deer and bear masks.

The Women Who Loved House Trailers
Casting:1 W 2 M

The Woman Who Was A Red Deer Dressed For The Deer Dance
Playwrights note:  In this I try,  well, I try.  To combine the overlapping realities of myth, imagination and memory with spaces for the silences.  To make a story.  The voice speaking in different agencies.  Well, I try to move on with the voice in its guises.  A young woman and her grandmother in a series of scenelets.  Divided by a line of flooring.  Shifting between dialog and monologue.  Not with the linear construct of conflict/resolution, but with story moving like rain on a windshield.  Between differing and unreliable experiences.
Produced by Sage Theater at Raw Space in New York City, November 7, 1998.

Weebjob
Produced at the Performing Arts Center in Tulsa Oklahoma by the American Indian Theater Company, April 8-11, 1987. Director: Ken Spence.
Published in Contemporary Plays By Women Of Color: An Anthology. Ed. Kathy A. Perkins and Roberto Uno. London: Routhledge, 1996.  170-190.
Included in: Great Scenes from Minority Playwrights: Seventy-four Scenes of Cultural Diversity.
Ed. Marsh Cassady.  Colorado Springs: Meriwether, 1997.  59-92.
Inquiries: Jim Perlman, Holy Cow! Press, P.O. Box 3170.
Mount Royal Station, Duluth, Minnesota.

 

Gomez, Terry (Comanche)

Love for your family, knowledge of your religion, ceremonies, history, dances and song, love of the earth, your tribe and knowing your language (if you are fortunate) is tradition.  Tradition is in your soul.
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Terry Gomez

Inter-Tribal
Drama.Casting: 3 W 4 M.  This play tells the story of two young women, one tied to traditional ways, the other with no ties to the past, who attempt to redefine the cultural legacy of Native American women.
Published in Contemporary Plays by Women of Color: An Anthology. Ed. Kathy A. Perkins and Roberto Uno.  London: Routledge, 1996.  201-214.

Reunion
Drama.  Casting 3 W 6 M.  Reunion is a play about family, greed, violence and some of the actions and consequences involved in leaving your home and/or reservation.  This play takes place now, as our people struggle with the issues of homelands, economic disadvantage, and living daily within two societies: our own Nations and mainstream American.
Published in Gathering Our Own: A Collection of IAIA Student Playwrights.  Eds. Dana Dickerson, Broan Lusk, Ti Stalnaker.  Santa Fe: Institute of American Indian Arts, 1996. 91-144.

 

Gordon, Roxy (Choctaw)

Big Pow Wow
Co-written with LeAnne Howe.  Three acts. Casting 2 W 2 M.

Indian Radio Days
Co-written with LeAnne Howe.  Theatrical radio show w/o break, aprox. Time 1 hour 30 min.

 

Griffiths, Linda

Jessica
Co-written with Maria Campbell
A drama in two acts.  Casting: six characters.
Published:  The Book of Jessica: A Theatrical Transformation.  Toronto: Coach House, 1989.

 

Gurley, George

Indian Givers
1978 George Gurley, 4540 Holly, Kansas City, MO.

 

Hail, Raven Awo-Go-la-nv (Cherokee)

Follow the Rainbow
One act.  American Indian tales and songs around the campfire

The Raven and the Redbird: Sam Houston and His Cherokee Wife.
Three acts covering 1812-1839.
Published by Raven Hail Books: Mesa, AZ.  1965.

 

Hamson, Leslie

Land(e)scapes
Produced by the Nakai Theatre Ensemble, Whitehorse, YukonThe play tells about the Mission school trauma, violence and elders becoming displaced. 

Hanley, Anne W.

Shotridge

 

Henson, Lance (Southern Cheyenne)

Coyote Road
Co-written with Jeff Hooper

 

Higheagle, Anthony (Nez Perce)          

                       

Highway, Tomson (Cree)

Annie and the Old One
Performed at Centaur Theatre, Montreal, 1989. 
Directed by: Jerry Franken

Aria
Performed by the Native Earth Performing Arts, Native Canadian Centre, Totonto,1988.
Directed by:  Larry Lewis.

Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing
Seven Wasy men and the game of hockey.  Fast paced story of tragedy, comedy and hope.  Were on the Rez, a Manitoulin Island Indian Reserve.  The men band together to protest the formation of an all-girl hockey team, which confronts their already tenuous sense of identity.
Two acts.  Comedy/Drama, Casting: 1 W 7 M.
First produced by Native Earth Performing Arts, Native Canadian Centre, Toronto,1989.

New SongNew Dance
Preformed by Native Earth Performing Arts, Native Canadian Centre, Toronto, 1988.

The Sage, The Dancer and the Fool
Performed by Native Earth Performing Arts, Native Canadian Centre, Toronto, 1989.
Directed by: Rene Highway and Tomson Highway.
Published by:  Fifth House.  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  1989.
The Rez Sisters
Portrayal of seven women from a reserve attempting to beat the odds by playing bingo.  Not just any bingo, but the biggest bingo in the world and a chance to win a way out of a tortured life.
Two act comedy.  Casting: 7 W 1 M.
First presented by the Act IV Theatre Company and Native Earth Performing Arts Inc., at the Native Center of Toronto, on November 26, 1986.  Director:  Larry Lewis.
First produced by Act IV Theatre Company and Native Earth Performing Arts, Native Canadian Centre, Toronto, 1986.

Rose (The Musical)
Presented on November 19, 1995 for Native Voices: Back to Normal 1995.At the Second Annual Festival of Native Plays.  Sponsored by Illinois State University College of Fine Arts·Department of Theatre, Normal Illinois.

 

Hocking, Frances C.

Twinkle
1978 Submission to the Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

 

Hogan, Linda (Chickasaw)

A Piece of the Moon
1980 Prize winner at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest, Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Produced: Fall 1981, Oklahoma State University,  Stillwater, Oklahoma.

 

Hooper, Jeff

Coyote Road
Co-written with Lance Henson.

 

Hooser, Phillip (Choctaw)

Animalway of Turtle Island
Adaptation for the stage of Native American mythology.  Casting: 2 actors play all characters.

Howe, LeAnne (Choctaw)

Big Pow Wow
Co-written with Roxy Gordon.  Three acts.  Casting: 2 W 2 M.

Indian Radio Days
Co-written with Roxy Gordon.  Theatrical radio show w/o break, approx. time 1 hour 30 min.

 

Ione, Carole (Lenape/African/French)

Njinga the Queen King (Njinga-Muchino a Muhaito):

Return of the Warrior
This is a play with music and pageantry tracing the impact of a legendary 17th century African regent upon a modern African American woman.  Communication takes place by way of dreams, past life memories and ancestral spirits ultimately leading to an empowerment that moves beyond the personal to the global.
Two acts.  Casting 10 W 4 M, 1 G 1 B, dancers and musicians.
Contact:  Pauline Oliveros Foundation, Inc.  P.O. Box 1956. Kingston, NY 12401-0900.

 

Jackson, Ken Grey Eagle (Anishinabe)

Ken Grey Eagle Jackson is a founding member of Red Eagle Soaring Theatre Group and Sacred Circle Storytellers, Seattle, Washington.

Story Circle
One act play for middle school to adult audiences.  Casting:  2 W 2 M plus 1 Elder.
Performance time: 50 min.
1995 Presented with the Gordon Ekvall Tracie Memorial Award given to an ethnic performing artist who has made significant contributions to the development and presentation of the traditional arts in the Pacific Northwest.
Presented at the Ethnic Heritage Council Annual Reception and Meeting. 

 

Jensen, Lorre

Coming Around

Pen Pals

The Mercy Quilt

Shaman of Woz
Loosely follows the story of the Wizard of OZ

 

Joe, Joyce B

Ravens

 

Jones, Matthew (Kiowa/Otoe-Missouri)

Mr. Jones is a traditional Storyteller and founding member of Thunderbird Theatre in 1975 at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas.
Sayndays People
A collection of the Kiowa trickster tales told with traditional music and dance.  Served as the prelude to the Thunderbird Theatre touring production of Songs of Life which has been a part of the Thunderbird Theatre Repertoire since 1975.

 

Jones, Rosalie (Blackfeet/Pembina-Chippewa)

No Home But The Heart
Premiered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Junaluska, Arthur S. (Cherokee)
Arthur S. Junaluska is a playwright/director; choreographer/actor and founder of The American Indian Society of Creative Arts.

The Medicine Woman

Hell-cat of the Plains

Grand Council of Indian Circle

The Spirit of Wallowa

Spectre in the Forest

 

Kane, Margo

Moon Lodge

 

Kauffman, John (Nez Perce)

Co-founder Red Earth Performing Arts Company.  Seattle, Washington in 1974.

According to Coyote
Commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in 1987.

 

Keams, Geraldine (Dine)

The Flight of the Army Worm
Published in The Remembered Earth: An Anthology of Contemporary Native American Literature.
Ed. Geary Hobson.  Albuquerque:  University of New Mexico Press.  1981. 320-333.

Na-Haaz Zaan
Co-written with Robert Shorty (Dine) The retelling of the Navajo creation story. (1972)

 

Keeshig-Tobias, Lenore

Quest for Fire: How the Trickster Brought Fire to the People

Published in the Canadian Theatre Review 68 (Fall 1991): 86-87.  Excerpts.

Quest for Kindling

 

King, Bruce (Hodenausaunee/Oneida)

Dustoff

Evening at the Warbonnet

Fire-Life

Legends

Maid of the Mists

Treaty

Whispers From the Other Side
First produced as the winner of Haskell Indian Junior College: Centennial Playwriting Contest
by Thunderbird Theatre, Lawrence, Kansas.

 

King-Odjig, Alanis

The Manitoulin Incident

The Tommy Prince Story
Historical drama focusing on the life of World War Twos most decorated veteran.

 

Kneubuhl, Victoria Nalani (Native Hawaiian)

Just So Sotries

Tofa Samoa

Emmalehua

Ola Na lwi

Conversion of Kaahumanu

Kaiulani

Paniolo Spurs

Trial of a Queen

The Story of Susanna
A story about women, violence, and healing.  Susanna is a victim who finds help and healing at a half-way house in the company of some extraordinary women.

Published:  Seventh Generation: An Anthology of Native American Plays. Ed. Mimi Gisolfi DAponte.  New York:  Theater Communications Group, 1999.

Annexation Debate

Ka Wai Ola

Fanny and Belle

 

Koostachin, Jules Arita (Cree)

Asivaks Creation Story
A childrens play in one scene.  Casting:  1 G 1 B plus Narrator.

The Passage of Souls
Agent: Margo Lane Talent.  131 Boor Street. W., Suite 607.  Toronto, Ont. M5S 1R3.

 

Kottke, Theodore (Micmac)

Glooskaps Cinderella
A childrens play in 3 scenes.  Adapted from an ancient Micmac legend. 

 

Kreipe de Montano, Martha (Prairie Band Potawatomi)

Harvest Ceremony: Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth
Ó1995 National Museum of the American Indian

The play takes place in two time periods, the present and dream time.  Dream time occurs in what it might be like over 300 years ago.  The White Cloud family gathers for Thanksgiving dinner.  Aunt Molly presents her nephew Matt with a special basket used by the Wampanoag to make offerings.  Summoned by the basket, a spirit from the past (1620) comes to understand why some Wampanoag fast on Thanksgiving.

                                   

Kumakura, Tomomie

Two Rents

One act.  First presented at the IAIA First Annual Playwriting Festival,

 April 13-16, 1994.  Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Lang, William (Leni Lenape)

Sitting Bulls Laundry

Casting: 1 W 3 M.  Staged reading for Native Voices: Back to Normal 1995. Illinois State University, College of Fine Arts, Department of Theatre.

Lady of the Camillas

Pow Wow

The Great Victory

Spirit Seekers

 

Le Beau, Owen (Cheyenne River Sioux)

All Gods Creatures

Full length, two acts.  First performed at the University of Kansas as part of the University series, 1988.          It tells the story of one mans struggle to remain an Indian in the boarding school environment of the 1920s.

Voice of My Father

Drama in two acts.  Casting: 2 F, 6 M.  A play about the results of relocation on a family that has moved from the Reservation to California.  Conflict between urban and traditional cultures arise when Grandfather comes for visit from his home on the reservation. 

First performed by Thunderbird Theatre at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas.

Thunder Takes a Wife

One act, traditional Indian Theatre movement play.  A legend play about how the rainbow came to be.  First performed by Thunderbird Theater in Lawrence, Kansas, 1982.  It has been part of their touring                 repertory since that time.

Evening Star and the Northern Lights

One act, traditional Indian Theatre movement play.  First performed at Haskell Indian Nations University as a double billing with Thunder Takes a Wife entitled Between Worlds in 1988..

Waiting For Kilty

Short one act.  A satire of the classic:Waiting for Godot.  First performed 1989 at the University of Kansas.

 

Linklater, Eric (Gwichin)

Sixty Below

Co-written with Patti Flater.  Drama in two acts.  Casting 7 W 5 M.  This play explores issues of identity, substance abuse, racism and spirituality through the story of a your man recently released from jail, and his relationships with his girlfriend and his buddies.  The ghost of a loved one who has died haunts the play.

 

Louis, Ray Baldwin (Dine)

Butterfly of Hope

 

Loyie, Larry Oskiniko (Cree)

We cant undo what has happened in the past, but we can make sure it never happens again.  Thats why its important that we as a people must start the healing process, now. - George in Ora Pro Nobis

Ora Pro Nobis (Pray for Us)

Drama in two acts.  Casting: All roles except George can be played by male or female.

With doubling, the play can be performed by six actors.

A story of the strength and healing resulting form the pain of residential schools.

First performed at South Hill United Church and Carnegie Community Center, Vancouver, Canada. September 1994.

 

Lush, Brian E.

Something to Prove

Presented at the Institute of American Indian Art: Third Annual Playwriting Festival,

April 11-14,1996, Santa Fe, New Mexico.