Presented by HVSF and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in association with Folger Shakespeare Library
I realize the power that comes with showing people a different way of seeing the world.
In this intimate and exhilarating solo piece, Mohegan theater-maker Madeline Sayet travels to England to study Shakespeare, and in doing so, she traverses geographic borders, personal history, and cultural legacies, in search of a place to belong. Where We Belong follows Madeline’s personal journey of self-discovery, and traces the intertwined relationship between Shakespeare and colonialism, a relationship with deep roots along the banks of the Muhheakantuck, the tidal estuary colonially known as the Hudson River.
A “POWERFUL ONE-WOMAN PERFORMANCE…★★★★ (OUT OF 4).” – Chicago Tribune
“MADELINE SAYET PROVES HERSELF TO BE A POWERFUL AND MAGNETIC STORYTELLER…SHE PACKS A PUNCH WITH THIS PLAY.” – BroadwayWorld
“MEI ANN TEO’S DIRECTION… SET[S] SAYET’S SOARING SOLILOQUIES AMONG THE CLOUDS AND COSMOS.” – Washington Post
“WITNESSING THAT KIND OF PASSION FOR STORYTELLING ON STAGE IS A KIND OF THEATER MAGIC.” – BroadwayWorld
WHERE WE BELONG “WILL INSPIRE AND DEMAND YOUR UTMOST ATTENTION, FROM BEGINNING TO END.” – Times Square Chronicles
“SAYET IS A CAPTIVATING STORYTELLER AND AN IMPORTANT VOICE.” – Chicago Tribune
Thursday Night Prologue: In Conversation with Curtis Zunigha
Thursday, August 18 at 6:15pm
Join us on the Terrace before the 7:30pm performance for a conversation with Curtis Zunigha, an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma. He has over thirty-five years of experience in tribal government & administration, community development, telecommunications, and cultural preservation. He is an acknowledged expert on Delaware/Lenape culture, language, and traditional practices.
Mr. Zunigha is Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Lenape Center, based in New York City. Lenape Center promotes the history and culture of the Lenape people through the arts, environmental activism, social justice, and agricultural practices. Lenape Center’s work represents the return of the original Indigenous people to their original homeland of Lenapehoking (NY, NJ, PA).
Curtis Zunigha is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Monday, Aug. 15 | 7:30PM
The spoken word will be projected as text on digital screens in front of sections 100 and 300, so they are visible to the opposing side. The text will not be visible to those seated in section 200.
Monday, Aug. 15 | 5:30PM
Children and Students (20 and under) receive $10 tickets and interactive pre-show experiences with our Teaching Artists.
One of the great artistic achievements during the pandemic.Broadway World
Madeline Sayet, Playwright, Performer (she/her) is a Mohegan theatre maker who believes the stories we pass down inform our collective possible futures. She serves as an Assistant Professor at Arizona…
Standby for Madeline Sayet
Emily Preis, Standby for Madeline Sayet (she/her) is a proud citizen of the Osage Nation as well as a New York City-based maker, performer, and organizer who loves any opportunity…
Composer and Sound Designer
Mei Ann Teo
Mei Ann Teo’s direction… set[s] Sayet’s soaring soliloquies among the clouds and cosmos.Washington Post
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