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Conceived, written and directed by Murielle Borst-Tarrant

Available January 25-February 7

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Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery! A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. A comedic Native-Aesthetic look at the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples and the appropriation of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.

 

The audience is taken into a world of Indian show business and show biz Indians taking the journey in the history of misappropriation of Native images and racism in film, theater, and pop culture through the point of view of the Native lens.

 

Conceived, written and directed by Murielle Borst-Tarrant

Musical Director Kevin Tarrant

Dramaturg Morgan Jenness

Scenic Design Ann Mirjam Vaikla

Lighting Design Cecilia Durban

Costume Design Sheldon Raymore

Composers Dawn Avery and Kevin Tarrant

Production Manager and Rehearsal Stage Manager Deborah Ratelle

Local Stage Manager Suzanne Victoria Cross

Local Assistant Stage Manager Deidra Beauchamp

Lighting Technician Mike Wangen

Assistant Lighting Technician Becky Raines

Video Editor Dan Silver

NYC Stage Manager Pamela McCaddin

NYC Assistant Stage Manager Travis Richardson

Specialty Beadwork Nadonis Tarrant

Voiceovers Muriel Miguel, Louis Mofsie

Sound Technician Eric M.C. Gonzalez

 

Traditional Singers

Tyson Merrick (Mandan, Arikara, and Dakota)

Crow Bellecourt (Bad River Chippewa)

Sir Curtis Kirby III (Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe)

 

Live Theater Performance Video Produced by Mindtwist Studio

ProducerCici Yixuan Wu

DirectorSebastian Schnabel

Camera Operators Sebastian Schnabel and Cici Yixuan Wu

Editor Sebastian Schnabel

 

Original “Tipi Backdrop” Designed by Louis Mofsie

 

Original score and background piano by Chee Chee Thunderbird

 

“Creation” video co-produced with the family and community of Penny Couchie and Sid Bobb and Nipissing First Nation, Ontario, Canada. Featured dancer Animikiikwe Couchie-Waukey.

 

Family photos, courtesy of the Miguel and Tarrant families.

 

Additional jewelry items were crafted in the Josephine Mofsie Tarrant Sewing Project. This project was crafted in memory of three generations of seamstresses – mother-in-law, grandmother, and mother of Josephine Mofsie Tarrant.