Sovereignty @ Harlequin Productions (Olympia)
By Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Esther Almazán
Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer, fights to restore her Nation’s tribal jurisdiction while confronting the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. Stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson’s Oval office, along the fateful Trail of Tears, to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma – Sovereignty tells an epic tale of the powerful intersections of personal and political truths, bridging our country’s distant past and imminent future.
A complex, thrilling historical drama shining a light on the Cherokee Nation’s deeply intertwined past and present. Performed by an ensemble of Native and non-Native regional and local actors with direction, set, costume and lighting design by Native artists. Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and an attorney whose practice focuses on tribal sovereignty of Native nations and peoples.
Preview 5/5, opens 5/6
Tickets ($39) here.