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Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle secures U.S. Artists Award




Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has won a $50,000 United States Artists Award.

Nagle was selected in the "Theater & Performance" category. Her acclaimed works include "Sliver of a Full Moon," which deals with violence against Native women, and "Sovereignty," a new production.

“It’s been a pretty wild few days,” Nagle told The Tulsa World. "Sovereignty" just debuted in Washington, D.C.

"Sovereignty" is running at the Arena Stage through February 18. It tells of two events, one historic and the other based on modern-day issues, that impact the Cherokee Nation's sovereignty.

The cast includes Kyla Garcia as modern-day Cherokee attorney Sarah Polson, Kalani Queypo as historic Cherokee figure John Ridge and Andrew Roa as Major Ridge / Roger Ridge. Andrew Jackson, the U.S. president who ordered the removal of the tribe from its homelands on the Trail of Tears, is portrayed by Joseph Carlson.

Read More on the Story:
Oklahoma playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle receives United States Artist Award (The Tulsa World January 21, 2018)
Arena Stage makes closing argument for Native American ‘Sovereignty’ (WTOP January 22, 2018)

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