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Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival

Sovereignty

  • Credits

    By Mary Kathryn Nagle
    Directed by Molly Smith

  • Location

    Kreeger Theater

  • Runtime

    2 hours with one 15 minute intermission

“D.C.’s thirst for political theater is decidedly contagious.”

– Variety

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.

Cast

JOSEPH CARLSON

Andrew Jackson / Ben

KYLA GARCÍA

Sarah Polson

MICHAEL GLENN

Samuel Worcester / Mitch

JAKE HART

Elias Boudinot / Watie

KALANI QUEYPO

John Ridge

ANDREW ROA

Major Ridge / Roger Ridge Polson

DOREA SCHMIDT

Sarah Bird Northrup / Flora Ridge / Offstage Woman's Voice

TODD SCOFIELD

White Chorus Man

JAKE WAID

John Ross / Jim Ross

Creative

MARY KATHRYN NAGLE

Playwright

MOLLY SMITH

Director

ANITA MAYNARD-LOSH

Associate and Text Director

KEN MACDONALD

Set Designer

LINDA CHO

Costume Designer

ROBERT WIERZEL

Lighting Designer

ED LITTLEFIELD

Sound Designer

MARK HOLTHUSEN

Projection Designer

JON AITCHISON

Wig Designer

LEWIS SHAW

Fight Director

JOCELYN CLARKE

Dramaturg

ZACH CAMPION

Vocal Coach

SUSAN R. WHITE

Stage Manager

TREVOR A. RILEY

Assistant Stage Manager

Multimedia

"Sovereignty" Teaser
"Sovereignty: A Community Conversation" — Commissioning a New Work
"Sovereignty" Audience Reactions
Kyla García (Sarah Polson) in Sovereignty, running January 12-February 18, 2018 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
(L to R) Andrew Roa (Major Ridge/Roger Ridge), Kalani Queypo (John Ridge) and Jake Hart (Elias Boudinot/Watie) in Sovereignty, running January 12-February 18, 2018 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
(L to R) Kalani Queypo (John Ridge) and Dorea Schmidt (Sarah Bird Northrup/Flora) in Sovereignty, running January 12-February 18, 2018 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
(L to R) Joseph Carlson (Andrew Jackson/Ben), Kalani Queypo (John Ridge) and Andrew Roa (Major Ridge/Roger Ridge) in Sovereignty, running January 12-February 18, 2018 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
(L to R) Jake Hart (Elias Boudinot/Watie), Michael Glenn (Samuel Worcester/Mitch) and Joseph Carlson (Andrew Jackson/Ben) in Sovereignty, running January 12-February 18, 2018 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

In The News

The Guardian

Kyla García Talks Tribal Rights And Sovereignty

The Independent

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