Staging Our Native Nation

Andrew Roa and Kyla Garcia in “Sovereignty” at Arena Stage. (Photo by C. Stanley)

Three makes a trend, they say—and in Oregon in the next few weeks, three major theatres will premiere new plays written by Native American women. This heartening trifecta hasn’t come out of nowhere; it represents just the most visible sign that artists and administrators have been working furiously behind the scenes, at culturally specific companies like Native Voices at the Autry and Amerinda and Spiderwoman, as well as at mainstream theatres like Perseverance and Arena, to insist on their place onstage in a nation that was stolen from their ancestors. This issue seeks to explore and honor the artists and companies who have helped create this surge of theatrical activity against a historical tide of genocide, plunder, and erasure.