Here’s some info about where Rhiana’s been and what she was up to before today.
2012: The Musical! produced by New Native Theatre, November 7-18, 2012
Directed by Rhiana Yazzie and Maren Ward
2012: The Musical! is a romp through the end of the world as we know it Inspired by the hoopla of the end of the Mayan calendar, it’s the comedic story of Natives living, working, and loving on Minneapolis’ infamous Franklin Avenue, from AIM inspired warriors to grant writing social service workers, and wannabe rockstars, the play looks at the year 2012 from a truly urban Native perspective. Expect the return of Indian Alien ancestors who come to fix the ills of society complete with the arrival of glam rock ancestors and dancing neon buffalo.Licensing available through M4YA.
Asdzani Shash: The Woman Who Turned into a Bear produced by Two Worlds Native Theatre, August 2011
Directed by Kim Delfina Gleason Based on a Navajo legend about a woman who turns into a bear, this play is the story of a young woman surrounded by elders that give her no guidance when an abusive ex-lover resurfaces in her life as she has to decide if she will remain human or become an animal.
Ady produced by Pangea World Theater, July 9-25, 2010 Directed by Hayley Finn
Ady is the story of a Navajo woman, Adrienne, who finds a 1937 photograph of a Caribbean dancer that is her mirror image. This opens the door to a moment before WWII when the surrealist movement was blooming.Characters like Pablo Picasso and his lover, Dora Marr, surrealist photographers Man Ray and Lee Miller guide Adrienne through her mother’s suicide back home on the reservation. As it tells the story of a surrealist muse, the play shows how easy it is to be lost to history, especially if you were a little brown woman.
Chile Pod produced by La Jolla Playhouse, February 2-March 21, 2010
Like many San Diegans, Carmen and her family moved from Mexico for a better life. But unlike her classmates, Carmen speaks neither English nor Spanish: she speaks Mixtec, a language of the indigenous people of Oaxaca. Frustrated and confused, Carmen must become the hero of her own story, embracing her heritage while learning to make a home in a whole new world. Chile Pod explores one young person’s journey to a place of belonging, and celebrates diversity, compassion and Oaxacan culture.
Red Ink produced by Mixed Blood Theatre, April 23-May 10, 2009
An evening of plays crafted by Rhiana Yazzie
Seven indigenous writers from nine North American First Nations explore gaming, sports mascots, sovereignty and a host of Native issues in this “play-within-a-Pow Wow.” With music, dance, story telling and distinctive Indian humor, Red Ink creates a powerful portrait of a Native America that few know. With plays by Tomson Highway, Diane Glancy, Yvette Nolan, Arigon Starr, Darren Renville, Drew Hayden Taylor, and Rhiana Yazzie.
Las Madres produced by Teatro del Pueblo, February 19-March 1, 2009
2009 Political Theatre Festival
Directed by Delta Giordanio
A new look at Las Madres de La Plaza de Mayo through the eyes of their grandchildren and links the disappearance of children throughout the hemisphere from Argentina to Canada through government programs that removed indigenous children from their families.
Rainbow Crow produced by Steppingstone Theatre for Young Audiences
October 17-November 3, 2014 – Second production
October 24-November 11, 2008 – First Production
In this world premiere play based on a Lenape Native American story, the crow, once known for her beautiful voice and colorful feathers embarks on a journey to save her world from a new thing called “snow” Along the way, she discovers that inner beauty and loyalty are more important than appearance.