August 25 at 1:00PM
Flyloft, 117 N Boston Ave, #208
Performances will run Oct. 26 - Nov. 4 at Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
Written by Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Carolyn Dunn
The personal and the political are one and the same in the deeply moving, socially relevant, and provocative drama from native Oklahoman playwright and lawyer Mary Kathryn Nagle. Sovereignty splits its time in two parallel, deeply connected timelines: the early 1830s in Cherokee Nation, and in the year 2020 in Oklahoma. In the past, tensions rise as Andrew Jackson’s White House threatens to remove the Cherokee from their land; in the near future, Sarah Polson must confront her ubiquitous past in her work as a young Cherokee lawyer fighting for the rights of her Nation’s jurisdiction. All actors except John Ridge and Sarah Polson play different roles in the past and present.
John Ridge - male, 30s-50s, Native
Sarah Polson - female, 30-50s, Native
Major Ridge - male, 30s-50s, Native (also Roger Ridge Polson)
Elias Boudinot - male, 20s-30s, Native (also Watie, Sarah’s brother)
John Ross - male, 30s-50s, Native (also Jim Ross)
Andrew Jackson - male, 30s-50s, non-Native (also Ben, Sarah’s fiancé)
Samuel Worcester - male, 30s-50s, white (also Mitch, Sarah’s childhood friend)
Sally (Sarah Bird Northrup) - female, 30s-50s, Native (also Flora Ridge, Sarah’s cousin)
White Chorus Man - male, 40s-70s, white
Auditions will be held Saturday, August 25 at 1:00 pm, Fly Loft, 117 N. Boston Ave.
NOTE: ALL NATIVE ROLES WILL BE CAST WITH NATIVE ACTORS.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Callbacks TBA.
Performances will be held:
Oct. 26 & 27; Nov 2 & 3 at 7:30PM
Oct. 28 & Nov. 4 at 2:00PM
Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Liddy Doenges Theater
Mary Kathryn Nagle
Mary Kathryn Nagle is a playwright and a partner at Pipestem Law, a firm specializing in tribal sovereignty of Native nations and peoples. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
She is a frequent speaker at law schools and symposia on issues related to restoration of tribal sovereignty, tribal self-determination, Indian civil and constitutional rights, and safety of Native Women. She also represents the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) in support of the NIWRC’s work to end violence against Native Women.
Mary Kathryn is an accomplished playwright who has written and produced several plays relating to Indians and the law, including Waaxe’s Law, Manahatta, My Father’s Bones (with Suzan Shown Harjo), Miss Lead, Fairly Traceable, and Sliver of a Full Moon. Her plays have been produced at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR) and Arena Stage (Washington D.C.), among others. She is an alumn of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, and is currently the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program at Yale University.
Carolyn M. Dunn, PhD., is an indigenous artist whose identity includes Cherokee, Muskogee Creek, Seminole and Choctaw Freedman descent on her father's side, and Tunica-Choctaw-Biloxi and French Creole on her mother's. Her work has been recognized by the Wordcraft Circle of Storytellers and Writers as Book of the Year for poetry (Outfoxing Coyote, 2002) as well as the Year's Best in 1999 for her short story "Salmon Creek Road Kill", Native American Music Awards (for the Mankillers cd Comin to Getcha) and the Humboldt Area Foundation. In addition to Outfoxing Coyote, her books include Through the Eye of the Deer (Aunt Lute Books, 1999), Hozho: Walking in Beauty (McGraw Hill, 2002), Coyote Speaks (H.N. Abrams, 2008), Echolocation: Poems, Stories and Songs from Indian Country: L.A. (Fezziweg Press, 2013), and the forthcoming The Stains of Burden and Dumb Luck (Mongrel Empire Press, 2017). Her plays Soledad, The Frybread Queen and Ghost Dance have been developed and staged at Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles. Most recently, she directed Round Dance by Tulsa Artists Fellow Arigon Starr, for the Native American New Play Festival in Oklahoma City.