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Rhiana Yazzie

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Core Writers 2009 //  Jerome Fellowships 2010 //  Core Writers 2010 //  Core Writers 2011 //  Core Writers 2012 //  Affiliated Writer 2013   

Rhianna Yazzie is a two time Jerome Fellowship recipient, 2006-07 and 2010-11. She is an American Revolutions author with a co-commission by the Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the NY Public Theater. She also writes theatre for young audiences with a notable production by the La Jolla Playhouse, Chile Pod, which reached almost 18,000 children in Southern California. She is the creator and artistic director of New Native Theatre in the Twin Cities, a company that presents a new way of looking at, thinking about, and staging Native American stories.

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Las Madres

A one act play
Description

An unexpected look at the story of Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo of Argentine through the eyes of their grandchildren and links the disappearance of children throughout the hemisphere from Argentina to Canada through government programs that removed indigenous children from their families.

An unexpected look at the story of Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo of Argentina through the eyes of their grandchildren and links the disappearance of children throughout the hemisphere from Argentina to Canada through government programs that removed indigenous children from their families.

This play was commissioned and first produced by Teatro del Pueblo at their 2009 Political Theatre Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota.




Wild Horses

A play for young audiences
Description

Rose Mary, a 12 year old Tongva Native America girl from the big city of Los Angeles, takes a fantastic journey into her city's and family's history as she learns to trust her recovering alcoholic father again when he suddenly announces he's leaving for the summer to go tame wild horses in the desert.  The play is brought to life through an ensemble of five actors, found object puppetry, and imaginative characterizations.

Rose Mary, a 12 year old Tongva Native America girl from the big city of Los Angeles, takes a fantastic journey into her city's and family's history as she learns to trust her recovering alcoholic father again when he suddenly announces he's leaving for the summer to go tame wild horses in the desert.  The play is brought to life through an ensemble of five actors, found object puppetry, and imaginative characterizations.

This play has been invited to the 2009 Bonderman Playwriting for Youth National Symposium at Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Kennedy Center's 2006 New Visions/New Voices theatre for young audiences residency.



Asdzani Shash, The Woman Who Turned into a Bear

Description

Asdzani Shash, The Woman Who Turned into a Bear is a modernized retelling of a Navajo legend where a woman faces the choice of becoming an animal or remaining human.

Helen, a contemporary Navajo woman, lives on the edge of the reservation and works in a convalescent home for the aged. She desperately tries to navigate a world of thwarted love, abused elders, and the power of myth while discovering what it means to live, love, and die as an American Indian today.

Directed by MARION MCCLINTON
Featuring M. COCHISE ANDERSON, KIM DELFINA GLEASON, HARRISON LOWE, and JAMES RODRIGUEZ



The Long Flight

A one act play
Description

A fantastical tale of the redemption of a Navajo man and his world invisible to America.

A fantastical tale of the redemption of a Navajo man and his world forgotten by America.

This play was translated into Spanish and presented at the 30th World Congress of the International Theatre Institute - UNESCO in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico; and was a 2002 finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award.

 



ADY


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Description

A Lee Miller photograph of surrealist artists that includes a dancer from the West Indies naked to the waist is the jumping off place for this play. A contemporary Navajo woman relates the mostly unknown story of the surrealist muse Adrienne Fidelin, Ady. A play that reveals the woman in the photograph through the lens of race, history, and art.



Asdzani Shash, The Woman Who Turned into a Bear

A full-length play
Description

Based on a Navajo legend about a woman who turns into a bear, this play is the story of a young woman surrounded by elders that give her no guidance when an abusive ex-lover resurfaces in her life as she has to decide if she will remain human or become an animal.

 

Based on a Navajo legend about a woman who turns into a bear, this play is the story of a young woman surrounded by elders that give her no guidance when an abusive ex-lover resurfaces in her life as she has to decide if she will remain human or become an animal.

This play was read at the First Annual Two Worlds Festival of Native American Theatre in 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was a 2005 Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist.



Rainbow Crow

A musical play for young audiences
Description Based on a Lenape Native American story, the crow, once known for her beautiful voice and colorful feathers embarks on a journey to save her world from a new thing called "snow!" Along the way, she discovers that inner beauty and loyalty are more important than appearance.

Based on a Lenape Native American story, the crow, once known for her beautiful voice and colorful feathers embarks on a journey to save her world from a new thing called "snow!" Along the way, she discovers that inner beauty and loyalty are more important than appearance.

This play was commissioned by and premiered at Stepping Stone Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota in October 2008.



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