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Native Playwrights Alpha Listing

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Shamas, Laura

Talking Leaves

History play set in 1845.  Tells the story of Sequoyah and the development of the Cherokee alphabet.  Casting: 4 W 6 M.  1980 submission to the Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest.  Muskogee, Oklahoma.

 

Shephard, William H

Coyote Tales

Join Coyote on a journey of fact and folklore in tales that combine Native American mythology with a factual account of the effects of Manifest Destiny.

 

Shropshire, Lola (Cherokee)

Autumn Come Softly: Ehole Ahericet Vlakes

Drama in three acts.  Casting 19 characters.  A history play set in 1907.  Submitted to the

Five Civilized Tribes Playwriting Contest.

 

Shorty, Robert (Dine)

Na-Haaz Zaan

Co-written with Geraldine Keams (Dine).  The retelling of the Navajo creation story (1972).

 

Shorty, Sharon (Tlingit/Northern Tuchone)

Trickster Visits the Old Folks Home

Comedic Drama in one act.  Casting 2.

Tells the story of Anna, an elderly Tlingit woman who must leave her life in the bush and move to a non-native old folks home.  First produced by the Nakai Theatre, Whitehorse, Yukon, 1996.

Silverman, Jeffry Lloyd

Hands of Fire

Winner of the 1995 Alaska Native Plays competition.

 

Smith, Chad

The Gift Song

Modern character play.  Casting: 7 players.  Submission to the Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest. Muskogee, Oklahoma.

 

Smith, Maureen

Cricket: A Romance in Three Acts

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

Spiderwoman Theatre                              

- Lisa Mayo, Gloria Miguel, Muriel Miguel

Power Pipes

Rever-Ber-berations

Sun, Moon, and Feather

Winnetous Snake Oil Show from Wig-Wam City

 

Spitler, Thomas, Jr. (Aleut-Qawalangin Tribe)

Shotridge

1992, winner of the UAA Alaska Native Plays Competition.

 

Staggs, Barbara Masterson

An Example

History play with a bibliography set in 1831-1833 Georgia.  Casting 7 players.  1974 submission

To the Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest. Muskogee, Oklahoma.

 

Tapahonso, Lori

Reservations

Drama in one act set specifically for high school aged students.  This play explores the hidden realities behind the transition from the security of home on the reservation to the new world beyond the city limits and college life.  Following Tonya, fresh out of boarding  school, we find reservation life has done little to prepare her for the move urban life.

 

Taylor, Drew Hayden (Ojibway)

AlterNatives

Comedy in two acts.  Casting 3 w 3 M.

First produced at Bluewater Summer Playhouse in Kincardine, Ontario, 1999.

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

Comedic Drama in two acts.  Casting: 2 W 2 M.

Janice Wirth, a Native woman adopted and raised in the city, must come to grips with the death of her birth mother when her blood sister shows up at her condo with her boyfriend and her brother.

First produced in 1996 by Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto.

Girl Who Loved Her Horses

Drama in one act.  Casting: 2 W 2 M and 1 male dancer.

This play lures us deep into the imagination of shy little Danielle, a girl no one seems to know except for the magical horse she draws on the Everything Wall.  Through art, dance, and the efforts of an unlikely trio who try to adopt her, Danielles imagination is unleashed for the briefest of moments.

The Baby Blues

Comedy in two acts.  Casting 3 W 3 M.

Noble, an aging fancy dancer, finds himself at a powwow where the sins of his youth catch up with him and force him to re-evaluate his life.

A Contemporary Gothic Indian Vampire Story

Someday

Comedy Drama in two acts.  Casting 3 W 1 M.

Anne Wabungs daughter was taken away by childrens aid workers when the girl was only a toddler.  It is Christmastime 35 years later, and Annes yearning to see her now-grown daughter is stronger than ever.  When the family is finally reunited, however the dreams of neither woman is fulfilled.

Education is Our Right

Bowwows from Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, in this version the spirits of education past, present and future attempt to show the Minister of Indian Affairs the error of his ways.

Pictures on the Wall

The Bootlegger Blues

Comedy/Farce in two acts.  Casting 3 W 3 M.

Martha, a 58 year old church going woman who finds herself in possession of 143 cases of beer she must bootleg to raise money for the church.  She also has to contend with the romantic activities of her tow children.

Tortonto at Dreamers Rock

One act.  Casting 3 M.

A teenage boys magical encounters with two members of his tribe, one from four hundred years in the past and one from four hundred years in the future, make him aware of how little he has thought about what it means to be an Indian.

Agent:  Aurora Artist, Janice Cheeseman, Toronto.

 

Thorsen, Dorothy

 

Timmons, Alice (Cherokee)

Nanyehi, A Beloved Woman

History play taking place 1740-1822, concerns the conflict caused by the encroachment of white settlers onto Cherokee homelands.  1974 Submission to the Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest. Musakogee, Oklahoma

 

Tisdale, Dorothy-Jean

Be Something

Modern history play set in the 1930s and 1940s in a Northeastern Oklahoma college town.

1974 submission to the Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest.

 

Tucker, Wallace Hampton (Choctaw)

At the Sweet Gum Bridge: A Play About Pushamataha

First place winner at the 1976 Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest. Musakogee, Oklahoma.

Fire on Bending Mountain

Set in Muskogee at the turn of the century telling of the attempts to for their own state.

First place winner at the 1992 Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest. Musakogee, Oklahoma.

Miccos War

1974 submission to the Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest.  Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Where Echo Calls

Modern setting.  A conflict arises between a Choctaw and his boyhood friend who wants to use sacred land for a lakeside home development.

 

Tuhro, Melvin

Hear Me, My Ancestors

History play about the John Ross story.  Casting 9 characters plus

 

Two-River, Donald E. (Ojibwa)

I believe that for non-Natives to perform a Native American play, they would first have to undergo a certain level of sensitivity training.  In fact, I would require it for any of my plays.
- E. Donald Two Rivers

Chili Corn

Two acts.  Casting: 4 characters, 1 setting.

Depicts the abuse directed against women

Coyote Sits In Judgement

One act.  Casting: 3 characters, 1 setting.

Forked Tongues

Two acts.  Casting: 9 characters, multiple settings.

A tale about three Native Americans from Chicago, who embark on a cross country trek to sell turquoise.  Until Things go wrong and they are left trying to find a way home.

I Aint Tonto

No Honors Today

Old Indian Trick

Two acts.  Casting: 6 characters, multiple settings.

Peeking Out Of Ameriks Museums

One act.  One man show. Poetic play currently in production.

Pow-Wow Posse

Two acts.  Casting: 7 characters, multiple settings.

Red Requiem-Political Intrigue On City Streets

Screenplay

Shattered Dream

Two acts.  Casting: 10 characters, multiple settings.

Sunka Cheslie (The Urban Pile)

Survivors Medicine

Whats Buzzin Cousin

Two acts.  Casting: 6 characters, 2 settings.

Production set for winter 2000, by Red Road Theatre, Chicago, Illinois.

Winter Summit

One act.  Casting: 7 characters, multiple settings.

 

Velarde, David Jr.

Rez Mutts

Once act.  First presented at the IAIA Second Annual Playwriting Festival, April 7-8, 1995 in

Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Vizenor, Gerald

Ishi and the Wood Ducks

Post modern tale based on the life and death of Ishi, the last of his tribe.

First preformed by Red Path Theatre, Chicago, Illinois in 1995 at the Chicago Third World                 Convention.  Directed by E. Donald Two Rivers. 

 

Waller, Freida Ellaine

Hok-te-es-te Cate, Red Woman

Poetic drama, dialog.  Twenty-two pages.

1974 submission to the Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest.  Muskogee, Oklahoma.

 

Watkins, Sherrin

Ceremonial Ground

1990 submission to the the Five Civilized Tribes Museum: Playwriting Contest.  Muskogee, Oklahoma.

 

Way, Diane (Lakota/Cheyenne)

Tiospe

 

Weber, Marion Lynch (Cherokee)

The Rabbit Steals the Otters Coat

The First Fire

 

Webster, Teri

 

Williams, Wende O. (Dine)

The Indian Game Show

Satire.  Casting: 3 W 7 M plus.  Setting present day at the KREZ TV channel 23 soundstage in Gallup, New Mexico.  First presented at the IAIA Third Annual Student Playwriting Celebration, April 11-14, 1996,  Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Woods, Nancy Paul (Ojibway)

I Hate White Girls

 

Worn, Staff, Sadie (Chiricahua Apache)

The Tribes of Dawn

Winter Moon Majic

Shadow Warrior

 

Yazzie, Rhiana (Dine)

Sunshine Superman

Staged reading by Wakiknabe Theatre Company, 1999.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

Yellowrobe, William S. Jr. (Assinibone-Sioux)

Playwriting, and all other art forms, are political when People of Color do it because we empower ourselves; we take control of our past and present and future. - William S. Yellowrobe

Wakiknabe Intertribal Theatre Company   

The Breaking of Another Circle

A Christmas Story On The Res

The Uncles of Christmas

The New Forest Order

Mommas Song

Something To Do

A Coyotes Tale

The People

A Great Thing

The Pendleton Blanket

Taking Aunty to the Wake

My Walks With Grandma

The Council

""A Broken Bottle, A Broken Family

Wink-Dah

The Star Quilter

The Body Guards

The Independence of Eddie Rose

A Stray Dog

Sneaky

 

Zitkala-Sa (Yankton Sioux)

A.K.A. Gertude Simmons Bonnin

The Sun Dance

Opera