February 17, 2011

One-woman play about Black Shawl

Black Shawl examines cultural, personal historyThis weekend the struggles of Black Shawl, her granddaughter and their tribe came alive in Maxey Auditorium through the voice of a single woman on Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12.

Sharon French, an actress of Navajo/Paiute/Anglo descent, shared the story of her Navajo grandmother, Sarah, which she wrote in 1996. French crafted the story originally as an outdoor drama with a cast of 60 actors. Of the original cast, 30 actors were Native American. “They took ownership of it because it was about them,” said French of her actors.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Plays and Other Stage Shows.

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