KCRep proudly presents the world premiere of a new play by preeminent Native American writer Larissa FastHorse. Twin siblings, the last members of their tribe, have just lost their grandfather when the KKK comes knocking with hopes of forming an alliance. A chilling look at the notion of racial purity, this story reveals the challenges contemporary Native Americans face when fighting extinction in a world that seems to have already forgotten they exist. The siblings attempt to find their voices in the outside world, while preserving the heritage that is now theirs alone to carry forward.
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Meet the Cast & Company
About the writer
Larissa FastHorse is an award winning playwright, director, and choreographer based in Santa Monica. Larissa's produced plays include Urban Rez (Cornerstone Theater Company), Landless (AlterTheater), Average Family (Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis), Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation (Native Voices at the Autry), Vanishing Point (Eagle Project) and Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater). Her new comedy, The Thanksgiving Play, will be produced at Artists Rep and Cap Stage next season.
Additional theaters that have commissioned or developed plays with Larissa include Kennedy Center TYA, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Arizona Theater Company, Mixed Blood, the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor. Larissa was awarded the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year and numerous Ford and NEA Grants. She is a current member of the Playwright’s Union, Director’s Lab West 2015, Theatre Communications Group board of directors, Playwright’s Center Core Writers and is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sicangu Lakota Nation. Hoganhorsestudio.com
About the director
Sam Pinkleton is thrilled to return to Kansas City Rep where he choreographed Hair: Retrospective. Sam most recently directed Runaways for New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center, where he serves as Artistic Associate. As choreographer/movement director, his work includes the Broadway productions of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; Heisenberg; Machinal; Significant Other and Amelie (Upcoming) and new work by Anne Washburn, Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick, Michael Friedman, Bess Wohl, David Adjmi, Todd Almond, and Sarah Ruhl and work at theatres including Playwrights Horizons, BAM, Soho Rep, Center Theatre Group Actors Theatre of Louisville, TFANA, Theatreworks USA, and McCarter Theatre. Sam is a collaborating artist with The Civilians, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and The Dance Cartel. www.sampinkleton.com
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