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

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14 Jul 2011

American Indian Artists Inc., the New York City-based organization dedicated to empowering Native Americans, will take up a brief residency at the Public Theater in August.



American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA Theater) will stage the world premiere of William S. YellowRobe, 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. YellowRobe, Jr. highlights the absurdity of the urban Indian's dual existence."

The cast includes Veracity Butcher as Marie St. Germaine-Baker; Dylan Carusona as Slough Jared Montour; Neimah Djourabchi as Sanjay Sahar; James Fall as Quick Brant; Sheri Graubert as Naomi Celestine Andes; Andy Kirtland as Calvin Johnson; Nancy McDoniel as Princess Small Running Water; Gloria Miguel as Teresa Baker; Elizabeth Rolston as Janice Martin; Elizabeth Ruelas as Delores Powless; and Christopher Salazar as Henry Decamps.

Yellowrobe, Jr. is an Assiniboine playwright, director, poet, actor, writer and educator from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Northeastern Montana. His play anthologies include Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Other Untold Stories and Where the Pavement Ends. In addition to his work with AMERINDA, he is a member of the Penumbra Theater Company, the Ensemble Studio Theater and on the board of advisors for Red Eagle Soaring Theater Company of Seattle, Washington. He is a recipient of the First Nations Book Award for Drama and was the first playwright to receive a Princess Grace Foundation Theater Fellowship.

For tickets, priced $15, phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.