Poetry, puppetry, storytelling, Shakespeare, social justice, cultural revelations
– a few glimpses at one Life In The Theatre
Ajijaak On Turtle Island
Beautiful puppets by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop are just the beginning. Follow Ajijaak on her migration across Turtle Island (North America) and notice how she learns wisdom from Indigenous peoples of past, present, and future.
Director Rachel Chavkin‘s Primer uses the rock concert platform at Brooklyn’s Roulette and an intergenerational cast of 31 to take a hard look what needs to be done in today’s world for there to be what “Tomorrow Will Be…” – all through the lens of re-crafted protest songs. Collaborating composers include Martha Redbone & Aaron Whitby, Heather Christian,OrionStephanie Johnstone, Justin Ellington,Amy León, …
Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke‘s melodic Water Is Life opened as the first of 3 powerful micro-musicals commissioned by the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) for How The Light Gets In, directed by Jonathan McCrory. It envisions Mni Wičoni – the first baby to be born in the Standing Rock encampment – as a Grandmother, looking back on her life as a storyteller, and as a child born to protect the waters.
Madeline Sayet’s telling of ‘The Scottish Play’ brings home the undoing of the Bard’s only happily-married couple with her indigenous perspective on where passion, ambition and grief can lead you… Under Sayet’s hands, this cast and production marked the premiere of Amerinda’s Native Shakespeare Ensemble.
Cedars brought Joan back to her theatrical career after an extended stretch focussed primarily on music. Through 5 intelligent actors and the poetic voices of 10 contemporary Native American writers, this play gives a 21st century face to the struggles of indigenous people, depicting their adaptation into modern-day society and celebrating Native American culture and enduring spirit.