KANSAS CITY, MO.: Kansas Metropolis Repertory Theatre (KCRep) has launched the American Crossroads Residency, a program to help playwrights, composers, and musicians in cultivating tales that originate from Kansas Metropolis and the area, and has named playwright and lawyer Mary Kathryn Nagle because the inaugural playwright resident, from whom they’ve additionally commissioned a brand new play. Nagle will journey to Kansas Metropolis, the place she’s going to analysis and create a piece of theatre illuminating the real-life occasions, individuals, and historical past of Kansas Metropolis. Nagle may have the chance to work alongside a dramaturg and can obtain a public studying of her work.
The American Crossroads Residency is part of OriginKC, a pipeline geared toward fulfilling KCRep’s mission to help numerous tales, neighborhood, and multigenerational viewers. OriginKC helps artists by giving them the sources to develop an concept right into a world premiere manufacturing, or present a improvement course of towards a second manufacturing to debut on KCRep’s phases.
“American Crossroads Residency is a big new initiative of our OriginKC New Works program,” mentioned KCRep inventive director Stuart Carden in an announcement. “Conceived throughout the pandemic and activated by director of inventive improvement, Hallie Gordon, American Crossroads Residency invitations extraordinary playwrights, like Mary Kathryn Nagle, to be in ‘residence’ and interact with the individuals, occasions, and communities which have profoundly impacted the spirit and tradition of the Kansas Metropolis area.”
Nagle is an lawyer whose work focuses on the restoration of tribal sovereignty and the inherent proper of Indian nations to guard their girls and kids from home violence and sexual assault. Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and labored on the Violence Towards Ladies Act reauthorization and filed a number of briefs with the U.S. Supreme Courtroom, together with Denezpi v. United States, United States v. Cooley, Oklahoma v. Murphy, Oklahoma v. McGirt, Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, and Brackeen v. Haaland.
“Having grown up within the Kansas Metropolis space, I’m thrilled to return residence and work with KCRep to inform a Kansas Metropolis story in regards to the Indigenous peoples and Native nations who’ve formed Kansas Metropolis into the neighborhood that Kansas Metropolis is in the present day,” mentioned Nagle in an announcement. “It’s an unimaginable alternative, and I’m excited to get began!”
Nagle beforehand served as the primary govt director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program and is an alum of the 2013 Public Theater Rising Writers Program. Her performs embody Miss Lead (Amerinda, 59E59), Sovereignty (Area Stage), Manahatta (Oregon Shakespeare Pageant), and Return to Niobrara (Rose Theater). She has obtained commissions from Area Stage, the Rose Theater, Portland Heart Stage, Denver Heart for the Performing Arts, Yale Repertory Theatre, Spherical Home Theater, and Oregon Shakespeare Pageant.
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