By Carey Purcell
02 Jan 2014
Directed by Madeline Sayet, the cast includes Claire Burke, Dylan Carusona, Brett Hecksher, Tyree Giroux (The Ministry), Michelle Honaker, Dawn Jamieson (Inherit the Wind), Stuart Luth (Speak Truth to Power), Nancy McDoniel ("United 93"), Tanis Parenteau ("House of Cards") and Elizabeth Rolston (Broken Footprints).
"Katie McCartney is 18 and sick. After just one semester away from college, she is forced to return home to the Tri-State Mining area to grapple with a debilitating illness," press notes state. "Just as Katie is diagnosed with a crippling auto-immune disease, the Environmental Protection Agency arrives at her home and finds the yard has high levels of lead. Her father, head of the Tri-State Mining Company, refuses to allow the EPA to remove the contaminated soil.
"While in the hospital, Katie befriends a member of the local Quapaw Tribe, forcing her to reconcile her dismissal of her own Native roots. She learns that her illness, as well as her identity, is inextricably woven into the soil of the land."
Performances continue through Jan. 26.
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