Don’t Feed the Indians – A Divine Comedy Pageant

November 02 - November 19, 2017


The Downstairs | 66 E 4th Street

Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 2PM

Running Time: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes; 1 Intermission

World Premiere
Conceived, Written and Directed by Murielle Borst-Tarrant [Kuna/Rappahannock Nations]
Musical Direction by Kevin Tarrant [Hopi/Hochunk Nations]

A Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective Project

Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery! A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante's Divine Comedy. A comedic Native-Aesthetic look at the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples and the appropriation of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.

"Don’t Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant! is a bold, honest, thought-provoking piece of work from Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective Project running in La Mama’s downstairs theatre." - Jamie Rosler, ReviewsHub


Henu Josephine Tarrant
[Hopi/ Hochunk/ Kuna/ Rappahannock Nations]

Nic Billey
[Choctaw/ Delaware/ Creek Nations]

Danielle Soames

John Scott-Richardson 
[Haliwa-Saponi Nation]

Special Events

Join us for these post-show talkbacks and panels

November 5th
Native Fashion in Theater and Appropriation
Moderated by Herb Frichner -- FIT Professor of Marketing and Design & Fashion Designer and Business Owner of 30 Years
with Costume Designers Sheldon Raymore, Melissa Oakes & Nadonis Tarrant
November 12th
Native American Music in Theater and Performing Arts
Moderated by Muriel Miguel -- Founder and Director of Spiderwoman Theater
with Composer Dawn Avery, Musical Director Kevin Tarrant & Ulali Co-Founder Soni Moreno
November 19th
Q & A Session
with the Full Cast & Creative Team of Don't Feed the Indians -- A Divine Comedy Pageant


Molly Grogan reviews Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective Project’s travels to hell and back


"It is painfully familiar for actors who don’t fall into cis/straight/white/thin/male classifications, and it also walks the fine line of being specific to this life experience and relatable for anyone with a beating heart and a sense of right and wrong."

Photo Flash:
Meet the Cast of Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective's 'DON'T FEED THE INDIANS' at La MaMa

Jersey City playwright's production examines the American Indian experience

Interview with Murielle Borst-Tarrant

"All theatre excites me, but I am extremely interested in those Indigenous voices that are breaking the mold of American Theatre and showing us as human beings that are beautifully flawed."

"Native New York Director Produces ‘Don’t Feed The Indians – A Divine Comedy Pageant’" by Tony Enos

About Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective

La MaMa’s Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective seeks to create a new paradigm for the presentation of Indigenous arts and culture within the broader American theatre. The Collective will address Indigenous cultural and socioeconomic issues through theatrical performances, panel conversations, and community events.  Murielle Borst-Tarrant (Kuna/Rappahanock Nations) is a second generation artists from the acclaimed company Spiderwoman.
Early workshop development of Don’t Feed the Indians – A Divine Comedy Pageant was made possible with the support of Pangea World Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This production of Don’t Feed the Indians – A Divine Comedy Pageant is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ national Theater Project with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Densford Fund of the Riverside Church of New York, Tides Foundation, NoVo Foundation and H.B. Henson Fund.