Guest Curator Program
Indigenous Voices: Reading Series
Each season, Playwrights Horizons collaborates with a Guest Curator, a member of the larger New York arts community who works with our staff. This year, we’re happy to have award-winning dancer and choreographer Emily Johnson, an Alaskan native of Yup'ik descent, curate programming to complement our premiere of The Thanksgiving Play. She has curated the artwork you see in our theater lobby and is assisting with the public readings of four new plays by Indigenous playwrights that we are proud to feature here at Playwrights. These readings will be presented over the course of two evenings and are free and open to the public! Links to RSVP are included below.
How I Ended Up on Craigslist
Written by Stephanie V. Shay Mitchell
Directed by Brett Hecksher
How I Ended Up On Craigslist is a fictionalized version of events from the 1700’s that culminated in the real life story of Six Wabanaki scalps being posted for sale on the popular website, Craigslist in 2009.
Stand-off at Hwy #37
Written by Vickie Ramirez
Directed by Ryan Victor Pierce
Thomas, a young National Guardsman and a banded member of the Tuscarora Nation, must choose between divided loyalties when he is sent with his unit to “control” a land claim protest on a local reservation.
Where We Belong
Written by Madeline Sayet
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
Where We Belong is a solo performance piece interrogating notions of belonging in a globalized world. As the descendent of generations of Mohegan Medicine People, Madeline Sayet uses her personal narrative, the legacy of her ancestors who travelled to London in the 1700s, and traditional storytelling to ask what it means to be Native and foreign today.
An excerpt from
Return to Blueprint
Written by Tokala Two Elk as told to Dawn Jones
Directed by JJ Lind
At one time, our spiritual energy was 100%, it was pure and strong. To catch what’s left of the Wo [sacred energy] of our people, catch the fragments and put them back together again as a whole. So it begins…
A. Rey Pamatmat
Pamatmat was our inaugural guest curator. He kicked off the series during the 2017-2018 season with 8 readings.