Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival
January 12 – February 18, 2018
By Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Molly Smith
2 hours with one 15 minute intermission
“D.C.’s thirst for political theater is decidedly contagious.”
Sovereignty was generously commissioned by Drs. Elliot and Lily Gardner Feldman and BakerHostetler as part of Arena Stage’s Women’s Voices Power Play Cycle.
Additional Commissioning support provided by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation’s Women Playwrights Commissioning Program.
Some wounds refuse to heal. Mary Kathryn Nagle’s daring new work, which debuts as the fourth production in Arena Stage’s Power Plays initiative, travels the intersections of personal and political truths, historic and present struggles. Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation’s jurisdiction, must confront the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. With shadows stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) and Andrew Jackson’s White House to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma, Sovereignty asks how high the flames of anger can rise before they ultimately consume the truth.
MARY KATHRYN NAGLE
SUSAN R. WHITE
TREVOR A. RILEY
In The News
Kyla García Talks Tribal Rights And Sovereignty
Molly Smith On The Women’s Voices Theater Festival And Sovereignty
The National Law Journal
The Supreme Court Is Center Stage In Lawyer-Playwright’s Drama