Tonemah cast as lead in NYC Production “Manahatta”

293978_130140370419147_1683866781_nJust cast: Darryl Tonemah in “Manahatta” a play written by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee), directed by Kate Whoriskey.

“Manahatta” is part of Public Theatre NYC’s NEW WORK NOW series. Darryl has been cast in the lead role of “Robert/Tamanend”. “Manahatta” will play in New York the first of September – date and location to be announced.

Directed by Kate Whoriskey

When a modern day Lenape woman returns to her ancestral land to work on Wall Street, she must reconcile all that her people have lost with what she now attempts to gain. MANAHATTA simultaneously tells the story of the Lenape Indians who lived on the island of MANAHATTA in the 1600’s, when Peter Minuit and the Dutch claim to have purchased the island for $24, and explores how the concepts of indigenous identity, ownership, and the entire system of American capitalism have made us who we are today.

Mary Kathryn Nagle was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and an honorary member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. She studied theater at Georgetown University and went on to study law at Tulane Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of the Judge John Minor Wisdom Award. At Tulane, she wrote and produced Katrina Stories, Welcome to Chalmette, and To the 7th Degree. More recently, she has written Miss Lead, which Tulane Law Revue produced at Tulane Law School in April of 2009. Welcome to Chalmette (Next Stage Press, 2011) won the 2008 TNT POPS Playwriting Contest, and was a finalist in the Reva Shiner Playwriting Contest as well as Aurora Theatre’s 2009-2010 Global Age Project. In 2009, To the 7th Degree was accepted at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. She has also written Waaxe’s Law, which was performed at the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska on May 12, 2009, in celebration of the 130th Anniversary of the Trial of Chief Standing Bear. In December of 2009, Waaxe’s Law received a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for readings at Creighton Law School in Omaha, Nebraska; the 2010 Annual Chief Standing Bear Celebration in Lincoln, Nebraska; the 2010 Great Plains Theatre Conference; and the 2010 Annual Ponca Pow-Wow. In October of 2011, the Great Plains Theatre Conference and Metropolitan Community College performed Waaxe’s Law at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and again at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on December 12, 2012. During her tenure in the Emerging Writers Group, Nagle wrote Manahatta. Manahatta recently won the Oklahoma CIty Theater Company’s New Native American Play Festival and will be featured as a side-event in the 2013 United Nations
Permanent Forum on Indigenous People.


(Kiowa – Comanche – Tuscarora)

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  1. Where is Manahatta playing? Where can I get tickets. I met Tonemah at a Pow Wow a few years ago near Mohawk., and purchased one of his CD’s there. I’m still playing it. Greg

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      Hi Greg – Sorry. Manhatta has already happened. If you watch the calendar here on the website or follow Tonemah on facebook, you can see where he’ll be playing next. We’ll post things as soon as they are confirmed. Thanks!

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