CNTC President Roy Hamilton the company was awarded the grant to prepare for and create a new American Indian play. He said he would collaborate with co-playwrights Rebecca Hobbs and Nick Sweet to bring “Nanyehi Beloved Woman of the Cherokee” to a wide audience. Hamilton and Hobbs are Cherokee Nation citizens.
Nanyehi is the true story of Cherokee Beloved Woman Nancy Ward. After her husband Kingfisher died in battle, she took up his fight and led the Cherokee to victory over the Creek tribe. She became a Warrior Woman, a Beloved Woman and a Cherokee leader. She advocated for peace during the American Revolutionary War, corresponded with Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and became a prominent figure in Cherokee history.