Play Club: SOVEREIGNTY
Apr 13, 2022
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!
We are delighted to announce that Play Club, where members and our artistic team discuss the plays close to our heart, will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 PM EDT. Registration opens on March 16.
This is an exclusive member event. Not a member? Become one today!
April 13th: SOVEREIGNTY by Mary Kathryn Nagle
Sovereignty unfolds over two parallel timelines. In present-day Oklahoma, a young Cherokee lawyer, Sarah Ridge Polson, and her colleague Jim Ross defend the inherent jurisdiction of Cherokee Nation in the U.S. Supreme Court when a non-Indian defendant challenges the Nation’s authority to prosecute non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence. Their collaboration is juxtaposed with scenes from 1835, when Cherokee Nation was eight hundred miles to the east in the southern Appalachians. That year, Sarah’s and Jim’s ancestors, historic Cherokee rivals, were bitterly divided over a proposed treaty with the administration of Andrew Jackson, the Treaty of New Echota, which led to the nation’s removal to Oklahoma on the infamous Trail of Tears.
Registration for this members-only opportunity opens on Wednesday, March 25 at 10:00 AM EDT. If you know someone who may be interested, please invite them to become a member and join the club. Space is limited, but we’ll send a friendly reminder to register once registration is live.
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Mary Kathryn Nagleshe/her Playwright
Mary Kathryn Nagle (she/her) is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and playwright. Her play Sliver of a Full Moon has been performed at law schools across the United States, and she has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Rose Theater, Portland Center Stage, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Yale Repertory Theatre, Round House Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Sovereignty’s world premiere was at Arena Stage, 2018 and played at Marin Theatre Company, 2019; Manahatta’s world premiere was at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2018 and played at Yale Repertory Theatre, 2020. She served as the first Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program from 2015 to 2019.