Coming in November of 2017 to LaMama Theatre: a new play by Murielle Borst Tarrant

 

Don't Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant

 

Using the language of the Doctrine of Discovery and the framework of Dante’s Inferno, where Virgil and Beatrice are the Indians and the audience is Dante, the audience is taken into a world of Indian show business.  These showbiz Indians, and the audience, take a journey in the history of misappropriation of Native images and racism in film, theater and pop culture.  This is explored with a comic and musical flair but through the point of view of the Native lens - telling personal stories of auditions and family members’ histories as “Show Indians” in the 1920’s and beyond; exploring the normalcy of the colonizers gaze and why.  Find out what happens when the Indians push back.