Audio Theater

Here are a few radio plays and projects Rhiana’s written:

Little Apple,  Big Apple — A new podcast available Spring 2015.
Little Apple Big Apple follows the story of two sisters living in Minnesota’s Twin Cities Native American community who start a mental-health acting troupe with a group of socially challenged, street smart, suburbanite, and wannabe Native actors. Bowie is a visionary but depressed playwright with a surely, uncensored attitude about the American theatre and life as a Native American artist, and her sister Dr. Tbone is a newly divorced therapist addicted to psychics but both are deadly serious about their dedication to their community. Together they scheme to bring authentic Native drama to the urban Minneapolis Indian population and beyond while figuring out how to live their own flawed lives.

THE Best Place to Grow Pumpkins – 26 minutes (TYA)
A play for children and families set on the Navajo reservation about an 8 year old Navajo girl who plants a magical pumpkin patch, filled with hilarious characters this fun story also explores living with diabetes.  It won the 2006 Native Radio Theatre contest and was produced by Native American Public Telecommunications. It won an Honorable Mention for Best Radio at the 2007 ImagiNative Film Festival in Toronto.

The Peach Seed – 24 minutes (TYA)
A fantastical journey into the Navajo story of the Long Walk told from the perspective of a peach seed who once was born in the peach orchards of Canyon de Chelly. It won the 2007 Native Radio Theatre contest and was produced by Native American Public Telecommunications.

Boozho and Waste’ Yahi from Minneapolis A Native Radio Variety Show – 90 minutes
A variety show written and directed by Rhiana recorded live in the heart of Minneapolis in 2008.
It features some of the most outstanding talent from the Twin Cities’ Native American community from writers and poets to singers and traditional storytellers. An exciting cross pollination of Native humor and the old variety show form, this show delivers a “wish you were here” postcard from Minnesota. Produced by Native American Public Telecommunications.
The show features:
Really Real News from Native America (2008 Native Radio Theatre contest winner) by Rhiana Yazzie & Clara NiiSka North Spirit, a powwow drum group led by John Oakgrove Traditional storytellers Faith Bad Moccasin and Gary Ten Bear Singer/songwriter Raphael Cochise Anderson’s monologue Billy Sky from his play The Only Good Poet is a Read Poet Poems from Ardie Medina Kohl Miner’s humorous and poignant story The Race, from his one man show Native Fruit Shinob Jeopardy, a play by Ojibwe Humorist Jim Northrup
And Ojibwe Elvis impersonator Howie Atherton