Mary Kathryn Nagle's new play Sovereignty will have its world premiere at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Directed by Molly Smith, it will run January 12-February 18, 2018, in the Kreeger Theater.
Sovereignty, based on the stories of Nagle's Cherokee grandfathers, spans 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) and Andrew Jackson's presidency to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma. It follows Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation's jurisdiction and defend the constitutionality of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act in the United States Supreme Court.
Kalani Queypo stars as John Ridge, alongside Joe Carlson (Andrew Jackson, Ben), Kyla García (Sarah Ridge Polson), Michael Glenn (Samuel Worcester, Mitch), Jake Hart (Elias Boudinot, Watie), Andrew Roa (Major Ridge, Roger Ridge), Dorea Schmidt (Sally, Flora), and Todd Scofield (White Chorus Man).
Sovereignty is the fourth commission to debut as part of Arena Stage's Power Plays, an ambitious initiative commissioning and developing 25 new plays and musicals from 25 writers over the course of the next 10 years. With Power Plays, Arena Stage focuses Washington, D.C.'s unique theatrical voice on politics and power, amplifying the theater's role as a national center dedicated to American voices and artists, located in the heart of the nation's capital.
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