2016-2017 Season

Luna Stage Production History. Celebrating 24 Seasons!

February 2 - March 5, 2017

Indian Head

A World Premiere by Obie Award-Winner Nikkole Salter, author of Carnaval and Lines in the Dust

Commissioned in partnership with the NJPAC Stage Exchange, a program of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

When a Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape teen is caught vandalizing property in protest of the school's Indian mascot, her mother cuts a deal to help her atone with the school. But when their tribe's traditions clash with the championship bound high school football team's, the two worlds are left wondering 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.

Directed by Kareem Fahmy

Cast: Sydney Battle, Ollie Corchado, Carla-Rae*, and Donavin Dain Scott*

Production and Design: Libby Stadstad and Tina Pfefferkorn (Set Design), Jorge Arroyo (Lighting Design), Mark Van Hare (Sound Design), Deborah Caney (Costume Design), Liz Cesario (Production Manager), and Daniel Viola (Stage Manager)

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours with intermission

Talkback Schedule February 4th and 16th

Meet The Playwright

Click on Nikkole's photo to listen to an interview with her about the play.

Nikkole Salter

Hailed by Variety as "thoroughly convincing," Los Angeles-born, OBIE Award-winning actress and writer Nikkole Salter arrived onto the professional scene with her co-authorship and co-performance (with Danai Gurira) of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, IN THE CONTINUUM (ITC). For its Off-Broadway run at Primary Stages and the Perry Street Theatre and for its US State Department and Bloomberg sponsored international tour, Ms. Salter received an OBIE Award (2006), and the NY Outer Critics Circle's John Gassner Award for Best New American Play (2006), the Seldes-Kanin fellowship from the Theatre Hall of Fame, and the Global Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations to name a few. Ms. Salter also received Helen Hayes and Black Theatre Alliance nominations for Best Actress for her performance. ITC, published by Samuel French, was pronounced - by New York Times, Newsday and New York Magazine - as one of the best plays of 2005 and was featured in numerous esteemed media outlets including Essence Magazine American Theatre Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Leonard Lopate Show.

As a dramatist, Ms. Salter has written 6 full-length plays, been commissioned for full-length work by 6 institutions, been produced on 3 continents in 5 countries, and been published in 12 international publications. Her work has appeard in over 20 Off-Broadway, regional and international theatres. The National Black Theatre production of her play CARNAVAL (World Premiere Luna Stage 2013) was nominated for 7 AUDELCO awards including Best Playwright and Best Production and won for Best Ensemble Performance. Ms. Salter is a 2014 MAP Fund Grant recipient, a Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, and a two time Playwright's of New York (PoNY) Fellowship nominee.

Ms. Salter is an active member of the Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Dramatists Guild, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Theatre Communications Group. She received her BFA in theatre from Howard University and her MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program under the tutelage of Zelda Fichandler and Ron Van Lieu. www.NikkoleSalter.com

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Meet The Director

Kareem Fahmy

Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent. He recently co-developed and directed the world premieres of Sevan K. Greene's This Time (Sheen Center) - a New York Times Critic's Pick - and Victor Lesniewski's Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre). He is currently a Resident Director at The Flea Theater, a member of The Civilians R&D Group, and was a 2015 Director-in-Residence at The New Museum. He's worked extensively in new play development with organizations including New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, MCC, Second Stage, Soho Rep, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sundance Institute Theatre, Partial Comfort Productions, Noor Theatre, Fresh Ground Pepper, Ma-Yi, and Berkeley Rep. He is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship, and NTYW's Emerging Artist Fellowship. In Montreal he directed the Canadian premieres of Suzan-Lori Parks' Venus and Naomi Iizuka's Language of Angels. Kareem is an NYTW Usual Suspect and holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University. www.KareemFahmy.com

Meet The Cast

Click on each photo to listen to an interview with the actors.

Sydney Battle

Sydney Battle (Rachel Murray) is a B.A. Theatre graduate of William & Mary. While she is primarily a stage actress, recent film work includes the webseries: Ghostburg, and the short films: Talk Funny To Me & Bad Girls. She's performed at Feinstein's/54 Below and enjoys doing short/long-form improv & improvised musicals as an alumni of the comedy group, I.T. She is extremely grateful to her friends and family for their support, encouragement, and occasionally laughing at her jokes. www.SydneyBattle.com | @SydBattle

Carla Rae

Carla-Rae* (Patricia Murray) Award-winning actress Carla-Rae (Seneca/Mohawk/French Canadian) has appeared in the TV series New Amsterdam, directed by Lasse Hallström, the PBS docudrama We Shall Remain with director Chris Eyre, the indie feature film Imprint with director Michael Linn and the ABC TV series Scoundrels directed by Julie Ann Robinson. She is also a member of Native Voices at The Autry Theater Ensemble in Los Angeles, CA, the country's only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to producing new Native works. Carla-Rae's talent has been demonstrated behind the camera as well having written, produced and directed the public service announcements for Native Hoop Magazine (also serving as their national spokesperson) and the award-winning Keep It Sacred PSA for National Native Network. Carla-Rae considers it a blessing to be cast in Luna Stage's production of Indian Head by Nikkole Salter, giving honor and voice to the role of Patricia.

Ollie Corchado

Ollie Corchado (Brian Kelly) is thrilled to performed for you and make his Luna Stage debut! Professional stage credits include: Richard III (Gallery Players); Peter and the Starcatcher (Milwaukee Repertory and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Roses and Thorns (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park) Forever 27 (New York City Downtown Urban Theatre Festival); Treasure Island (Hampstead Stage Company); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Berkshire Theatre Group). Television credits include: Stalked Someone's Watching (Investigation Discovery); Deadly Sins (Investigation Discovery) as well as voiceover work on the Gray Scale Podcast (Critical Point Theater). Much love and thanks to his family and friends and of course to the cast and crew. And as always thanks to the teachers and mentors who have gotten him to this place. Enjoy the show!

Donavin Dain Scott

Donavin Dain Scott* (Coach Jeff Smith) (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) received his BFA in Acting at Florida State University and an MFA from The Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Off-Broadway Credits: The Metropolitan (Soho Repertory Theatre); Mouth of the Crocodile (Lark Theatre). Regional Credits: Blues for an Alabama Sky (Crossroads Theatre); The Old Settler (Pittsburgh Public Theatre and The Alliance Theatre); Desire Under the Elms (Court Theatre, Chicago and Freedom Theatre, Philadelphia); Ladies of the Camellias, Six Degrees of Separation, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry VI, An Enemy of the People, Ain't Got Long to Stay Here, School for Scandal (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Romeo & Juliet (Boston Court Theatre, Los Angeles). His TV Credits: One Life to Live, Cosby, ALIAS, and Brothers & Sisters. Donavin served on the Board of Directors of The Classical Theatre of Harlem and is the Producing Artistic Director of the Standpipe Theatre Collab. Donavin dedicates this show to his wife, Emilie.

The NJPAC Stage Exchange is where cutting edge, new play development meets insightful community dialogue. Now in its third year, Stage Exchange is an ongoing series of new-play readings held in partnership with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. The program pairs three dramatists with three mentoring theaters, who guarantee each a full production of his or her play. In exchange, the playwrights establish residencies in classrooms to teach their craft and NJPAC hosts readings of the works, followed by a discussion.
Thank you to Inspired Wampum for providing the jewelry for our production. Inspired Wampum is a Native family owned and operated wampum jewelry company specializing in carved wampum work, regalia pieces, and custom bead-work. Check out their store!
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