July 14, 2011

Yellow Robe's Thieves premieres

Public Theater to Host William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.'s Thieves

By Adam HetrickAmerican Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA Theater) will stage the world premiere of William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.'s Thieves at the Public Aug. 3-14. Steve Elm will direct the production.

Thieves, according to the Public, "is a story about searching. Set in a powwow in a Brooklyn high school, deals are made, souls are compromised, love blossoms, and identity is sought after and redemption is found. At times laugh-out-loud funny and at times frighteningly brutal, this world premiere by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. highlights the absurdity of the urban Indian's dual existence."
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Yellow Robe, Geiogamah, and Glancy.

Below:  "Elizabeth Rolston and Dylan Caruson." (Troy Paul)

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Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:


Playwright William S. YellowRobe Discusses “Thieves”

YellowRobe’s current project is “Thieves,” which opened August 3 at the Public Theater in New York City, and runs through August 14. The play is set at a Brooklyn high school powwow and deals with the absurdities of urban Indians’ dual existence. YellowRobe says that “Thieves” was inspired by all the publicity from a few years ago about identity theft—people having their information from their credit cards stolen. “Why don’t Native people have that?” he laughs. “Our culture has been stolen so much, so many of our items from our cultures have been stolen from us; that’s where the title, ‘Thieves,’ comes from. Basically what happens is that you have this man whose name is Quick, who is a vendor at powwows and gatherings. He gets together with a real shady friend of his, Henry, who winds up stealing a Sundance bundle that they’re going to sell at this gathering of new agers.”

When asked if it’s a comedy or a drama YellowRobe replied, “Well, it’s about Native life, so it’s a little bit of both.”