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Spiderwoman Theater Celebrates 40 Years: 

A Benefit Theatrical Event at La MaMa

September 19, 2017

A 40th Anniversary celebration with performances by A Tribe Called Red, Taylor Mac, Soni Moreno, Talking Band, Split Britches, and many more!

Material Witness

May 2016

Material Witness explores personal and family stories of violence and the healing journeys of Indigenous women in our global community. Developed in partnership with Loose Change Productions and Aanmitaagzi, an arts collective from Nipissing First Nation.

The Elder's Project: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

 

2012
Gloria Miguel’s humorous and poignant look at being an elder in her community and the treatment of elders in our society. Tu Tu Kapsus, a Kuna woman, comes down from the stars to land in the Brooklyn of the 1920’s. Through her journey, she rediscovers the influences that shaped her life and recounts stories of her daily life as a “senior” in our culture.

Red Mother

 

2012-2013

The compelling story of Belle, an old Native woman and mother, who travels with her red cart and her magical horse and companion Blue Fred, through endless wars, witnessing the devastation of her people. The production explores the desires of the craven women who live in Native society, not the noble mothers but the failed ones.
Inspired by Mother Courage, Red Mother interweaves Brechtian themes with demon tales an integral part of the mythology of the Kuna people. Developed in collaboration with Loose Change Productions, the production is a tribute to those who have been lost and to their stories of survival.

Persistence of Memory

 

2002

Three sisters journey to understand their heritage through the memories that they have created over the years. Woven through the play are video clips of previous Spiderwoman classics, songs, and dance.

Trail of the Otter

 

1996

Recounts Otter's ecological journey across the continent and encounters with AIDS, oil spills, greed, and battered women

Daughters from the Stars:Nis Bundo

 

1995

Performance about mending the riffs and misunderstanding created by physical and emotional borders. Based loosely on the sisters travel to the San Blas Islands (their father's homeland), Daughters relates to their experiences and attempts to connect and integrate family from the North with the South. Daughters emerged from Lisa Mayo's a one-woman piece entitled, Voices from the Criss-Cross Bridge.

Power Pipes

 

1992

A humorous, yet serious look at the instruments that are a part of the lives of the Kuna/Rappahannock Indians, which critiques the misuse of Native spirituality by both Native and non-Native people.

Reverb-ber-ber-ations

 

1990

This performance weaves together stories of the Miguel sisters' experiences growing up with "the gift". It explores their experiences growing up, specifically those surrounding their learning about Native spiritual beliefs and practices. As adults who now fully appreciate what was so carefully preserved for them by their parents and community, the sisters hope to pass on the importance of staying connected.

Winnetou's Snake Oil Show from Wigwam City

 

1988

Loosely based on the fictional Apache character Winnetou, and his close friend Old Shatterhand, made famous by the nineteenth century German author, Karl May. Spiderwoman Theater satirizes the stereotypes perpetuated by authors like May and New Ageism in general, by performing a bona fide Snake Oil Show, spoofing the New Age plastic shaman, phony mysticism, and the wannabe Indians who have come to expect miraculous results from American Indian spirituality.

3 Up, 3 down

 

1986

This performance combines personal narratives and Native American politics through a spoof of JANE EYRE and WUTHERING HEIGHTS.

Women in Violence, 10th Anniversary Celebration

 

1985

Tenth-anniversary performance of WOMEN IN VIOLENCE, a play about violence against women, especially in Native communities.

The Three Sisters from Here to There

 

1982

An Adaptation of Chekhov's THREE SISTERS presented at Theater for the New City.

I'll Be Right Back

 

1982

A play about the threat of nuclear war premiered at Theater for the New City.

Sun, Moon and Feather & Split Britches

 

1981

A play about the threat of nuclear war premiered at Theater for the New City.

The Fittin' Room

 

1980

A play which critiqued the way categories create expectations that women feel forced to meet. Both heterosexuality and lesbianism were scrutinized through songs such as "Butch Meets Butch - Encounters in New York City Bathrooms" and sketches including a "how-to-be-attractive-to men" lesson.

Oh, What a Life

 

1980

Premiered at WOW festival, Theater for the New City

Cabaret: An Evening of Disgusting Songs and Pukey Images

 

1979

A play critiquing and satirizing how women are forced to swallow male platitudes about love and challenged classical, commercial, homogenizing images of women.

Trilogy: Friday Night, Jealousy, and My Sister Ate Dirt

 

1978

Three plays premiered at Theater for the New City.

Lysistrata Numbah!

 

1977

An Adaptation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata at La MaMa, ETC.

Women in Violence

 

1977

Spiderwoman's first play, centered on violence against women, especially in Native communities premiered at Washington Square Church.

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