May 12 - May 29, 2016
Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2pm
First Floor Theatre | 74a East 4th Street
Adult [$18.00] & Student/Senior [$13.00]; Limited $10 tickets
in association with Spiderwoman Theater and Aanmitaagzi, A Loose Change Production
by Spiderwoman Theater
Directed by Muriel Miguel
Written by Cherish Violet Blood, Penny Couchie, Donna Couteau, Angela Loft, Gloria Miguel and Tanis Parenteau with Muriel Miguel
Material Witness is part of La MaMa's Safe Harbors Indigenous Arts / Theatre Collective
In Material Witness, Spiderwoman Theater, regarded as one the most influential Native theatre companies “in the history of the country” (Oskar Eustis, Public Theater), turns their “story-weaving” dance-theatre to issues of violence against women in Indigenous communities. Weaving together the real-life experiences of a multigenerational cast that also includes Native actors from Canada, the collaborative piece celebrates courage and generates healing. Stalwarts of the downtown performance scene, Spiderwoman, cited for their "rollicking humor" by The New York Times, are marking their 40th anniversary.
Press for Material Witness
Material Witness is "rowdy and playful, displaying an enormous sense of energy, strength and good will. Yet its subject is dead serious: the physical abuse of indigenous women in the United States and Canada."
Post Show Discussions
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Sunday, May 15
“Have You Seen Her? Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women”
Sunday, May 22
Panelists discuss Trafficking of Women and Girls
Friday, May 27
Panelists discuss Women in Refugee Camps
"rollicking humor...a powerful link to history"
-The New York Times
"an example of what theater should be: challenging artistic work that raises relevant questions...concretely important art"
-Off Off Online
Director: Muriel Miguel
Assistant Director: Sid Bobb
Choreographer: Penny Couchie
Scenographer: Karmenlara Ely
Scenic Design: Soni Moreno
About the Artists
Spiderwoman Theater was founded in 1976, when Muriel Miguel gathered together a diverse company of women which included both of her sisters. They were of varying ages, races, sexual orientation, and worldview. The collective sprang out of the feminist movement of the 1970s and the disillusionment with the treatment of women in radical political movements of the time. They questioned gender roles, cultural stereotypes, and sexual and economic oppression. They took on issues of sexism, racism, classism, and the violence in women’s lives. Their weaving of humor with popular culture and personal histories along with their sometimes shocking style excited the hearts and spirits of the women (and sometimes the men) in their audiences, in the United States, Canada and all over the world. Visit their website: http://www.spiderwomantheater.org/index.htm