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Manahatta

Thursday, May 15 - Sunday, May 25

Shiva Theater


Mary Kathryn NagleA gripping journey from the fur trade of the 1600s to the stock trade of today, Mary Kathryn Nagle’s MANAHATTA tells the story of Jane Snake, a brilliant young Native American woman with a Stanford MBA. Jane reconnects with her ancestral homeland, known as Manahatta, when she moves from her home with the Delaware Nation in Anadarko, Oklahoma to New York for a job at a major investment bank just before the financial crisis of 2008. Jane’s struggle to reconcile her new life with the expectations and traditions of the family she left behind is powerfully interwoven with the heartbreaking history of how the Lenape were forced from their land. Both old and new Manahatta converge in a brutal lesson about the dangers of living in a society where there’s no such thing as enough. Written in the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, Mary Kathryn Nagle's MANAHATTA is a stunning new play about the discovery that the only thing you can truly own is who you are and where you come from. Kate Whoriskey (The Miracle Worker, Ruined) directs.

Pre- and Post-show Events
We are honored to commence the first performance of the play on Thursday, May 15 with an opening prayer in Lenape from the Delaware Tribe's Tribal Operations Manager and former Chief, Curtis Zunigha

The Public will also host panel discussions following select performances of MANAHATTAOn Sunday, May 18, there will be a post-show panel discussion featuring Spiderwoman Theater entitled Women's Stories of Healing and Renewal: Ending the Silence—Violence-The Next Generation moderated by Murielle Borst Tarrant ( Director of "Safe Harbors"-Indigenous Arts/Theatre Collective at La Mama Theater) and including Muriel Miguel (Artistic Director of Spiderwoman Theater), Gloria Miguel (Co-founder of Spiderwoman Theater) and Donna Couteau (Founder of Leaf Arrow Theater).

On Wednesday, May 21, Eagle Project will be featured in a post-show panel discussion entitled Stereotypes and Misconceptions of Native Americans in the Arts and Media moderated by Ryan Victor Pierce (Founder and Artistic Director of Eagle Project) and including Kimberly Guerrero (actress in MANAHATTA), Mary Kathryn Nagle (author of MANAHATTA), and Rev. John Norwood (Councilman and Principal Justice of the Tribal Supreme Court).

Please check back soon for details about other ancillary events. 

PUBLIC STUDIO is a new performance series dedicated exclusively to developing the work of emerging writers. In a laboratory environment, writers will be in rehearsal with actors and a director, incorporate bare bones design elements, and open the process to an audience over a series of performances. More than a reading or workshop, but not a full production, this middle step affords early career writers the important opportunity to deepen their experience of working collaboratively over an extended rehearsal period and to see their work staged in front of an audience.

Public Studio is made possible with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Time Warner Foundation.

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MANAHATTA                         
By Mary Kathryn Nagle

Directed by Kate Whoriskey

Featuring Kimberly GuerreroNeal Huff, Brandon OakesDaniel OreskesTanis ParenteauAndrew Weems and Albert Ybarra