Play Club: Nancy
Mar 8, 2023
About Play Club
A book club – but plays! Join Long Wharf Theatre’s Artistic Associates Cheyenne Barboza & Kate Moore Heaney, along with guest artists, as we discuss a featured play each month. Play Club scripts dive into Long Wharf Theatre’s archive as well as provide a glimpse into its future. Come join this virtual discussion with fellow LWT theatre lovers from the comfort of your own home!
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About the Play
Nancy is a loosely based bio on first lady Nancy Reagan, a descendant of Pocahontas. The story details how internalized racism over skin color, misogyny, and economic mobility create classism and racism inside tribal communities and shows how the most oppressed can become complicit in white supremacy.
We are excited to share work by one of our beloved commissioned artists and read the work of a Native playwright.
About the Playwright
Rhiana Yazzie is a 2021 Lanford Wilson and 2020 Steinberg Award winning playwright, a director, a filmmaker, and the Artistic Director of New Native Theatre, which she started in 2009 as a response to the lack of connection and professional opportunities between Twin Cities theaters and the Native community. A Navajo Nation citizen (Ta’neeszahnii bashishchiin dóó Táchii’nii dashinalí), she’s seen her plays on stages from Alaska to Mexico including in Carnegie Hall’s collaboration with American Indian Community House & Eagle Project. She has a new co-commissioned play in the works with Long Wharf Theatre and Rattlestick Theater and is currently developing her newest play, Nancy, a Native bio-perspective on Nancy Reagan, a sequel to Queen Cleopatre and Princess Pocahontas (commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Public Theater). Her first feature film, A Winter Love, (writer/dir/prod/actor) will premiere at festivals in 2021/22. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Masters of Professional Writing where she produced events featuring Stephen Hawking, Herbie Hancock, and Spalding Gray. Rhiana also writes for young audience and is part of the national BIPOC Superhero Play Project facilitated by Jose Casas, and will be writing a play for the Kennedy Center’s 2024 youth programming season.