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  Sovereignty at Arena Stage


Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington

Some wounds refuse to heal. Mary Kathryn Nagle's daring new work, which debuts as the fourth production in Arena Stage's Power Plays initiative, travels the intersections of personal and political truths, historic and present struggles. Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation's jurisdiction, must confront the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers.

Thru - Feb 18, 2018

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 7:30pm

Price: $55 - $90

Box Office: 202-488-3300

  Sovereignty Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...And yet, I have to say the just over two hours in the Kreeger with "Sovereignty" did not feel misspent. The experience on this occasion had less to do with aesthetics than edification. How often do we get a play at a major theater, with Native American actors, by a Native American playwright? But whether these elements are enough to fulfill your requirements for an evening of theater, I leave to you."
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Peter Marks

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...A compelling blend of obscure history and a story seemingly ripped from the headlines, SOVEREIGNTY is a fitting entry in this year's Women's Voices in the Theatre Festival. Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle has crafted a powerful rumination on Native American affairs and one woman's connection to her past and her own plight in the time of the "Me too" movement."
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Jeffrey Walker

Talkin Broadway - Recommended

"...Director Molly Smith directs with crystalline purity on Ken MacDonald's set, a simple white design with clean lines and Cherokee decorative elements."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Inspired by a Supreme Court case that was heard just two years ago, the play, now in its world premiere at Arena Stage, is one of the highlights of this year's Women's Voices Festival. It is superbly directed by Molly Smith, Arena's artistic director for the last 20 years."
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Ravelle Brickman

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...The parallels between the past and present in this play are beautiful and heart wrenching, often at the same time. It unpacks this world of dualities- Cherokee and White, past and future, Ross and Ridge. It's an amazing journey."
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Stephanie House

DCTheatreScene - Somewhat Recommended

"...The scenes in which the play does allot time to small human moments feel the most universal. When fiercely argued dates and treaty names fade from the audience's memory, the emotional impact of quiet images will linger, such as injured John Ridge's crawl across the floor, Sarah Bird Northrup's loving smile at the description of a napkin, Roger Ridge Polson's jokes in the kitchen with his infant grandson, and the deeply symbolic debates of whether to eat chocolate or vanilla wedding cake and apple or pumpkin pie. With a more even balance between public and private moments, the production could provide both expansive education and lasting empathy."
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Kate Colwell

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