A gripping journey from the fur trade of the 1600s to the stock trade of today, Mary Kathryn Nagle's MANAHATTA tells the story of Jane Snake, a brilliant young Native American woman with a Stanford MBA. Jane reconnects with her ancestral Lenape homeland, known as Manahatta, when she moves from Oklahoma to New York for a banking job just before the 2008 financial meltdown. Jane’s struggle to reconcile her new life with the expectations and traditions of her family and Nation are powerfully interwoven with the heartbreaking history of the Delaware Nation's expulsion from their land. Both old and new Manahatta converge in a lesson about the dangers of living in a society where there’s no such thing as enough.
A stunning play about self-discovery, MANAHATTA was written as part of The Public’s prestigious Emerging Writers Group. Obie Award winner and The Public’s Director of Public Works, Laurie Woolery, directs.
Approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes (with no intermission)
November 16th, 2023
December 23rd, 2023
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By: Mary Kathryn Nagle
Director: Laurie Woolery
Producer: The Public Theater
Cast list: Rainbow Dickerson (as Toosh-ki-pa-kwis-i/Debra), Elizabeth Frances (as Le-le-wa'-you/Jane), David Kelly (as Jonas Michaelius/Michael), Jeffrey King (as Peter Minuit/Dick), Enrico Nassi (as Se-ket-tu-may-qua/Luke), Joe Tapper (as Jakob/Joe), Sheila Tousey (as Mother/Bobbie), Jessica Ranville, Rex Young Design: Marcelo Martínez García
Costumes: Lux Haac
Lighting: Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound: Paul James Prendergast
Other info: Prop management by Rachel M.F. Kenner, fight and intimacy direction by Kelsey Rainwater, movement direction by Ty Defoe
Accessible entrances, seating, and restrooms. Assistive Listening Devices. ASL interpreted, Open Caption and Audio Descriptions at select performances or on demand by request.
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