A World Premiere by Obie Award-Winner Nikkole Salter, author of Carnaval and Lines in the Dust
Commissioned by the NJPAC Stage Exchange, a program of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
When pressure mounts for a high school's Indian mascot to be removed right in the middle of a winning football season, the coach seeks the blessing of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribe to keep the school's long time traditions intact. Looking for opportunities for her daughter to be more active in spreading awareness of her heritage, one of the leaders of the Tribe becomes a willing partner. But when traditions clash, everyone involved is left to negotiate how - or if - they can co-exist. Another story ripped from NJ headlines from the author of Lines in the Dust, Indian Head asks us to take a hard, honest look at how we appropriate culture and the ways in which we honor and exploit tradition.
A World Premiere by Andrew Rosendorf
Paralyzed in the car accident that claimed her mother's life, 17-year-old Ellen is determined to experience all her teenage years have to offer. But when the past comes knocking on the door in the form of Ellen's brother, her small family's delicate balance is upended. In a home awash with anger, guilt, and Ellen's raging hormones, Tranquil is a raw exploration of one shattered family striving to be whole again.
Directed by Cheryl Katz
Talkback Schedule: April 16th and 27th
Schedule subject to change.