Check out photos of Madeline Sayet during the national tour of her solo show where we belong
Written by and performed by theater artist Mohegan, where we belong will soon begin an Off-Broadway tour at the Public Theater.
by Madeline Sayet where we belong will begin its New York premiere later this month at Off-Broadway’s The Public Theater. Beginning with a free performance by Joseph Papp on October 28, the play will officially open on November 9 at LuEsther Hall for a performance until November 27.
Produced by the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in association with the Folger Shakespeare Library, playwright and theater artist Mohegan Sayet stars in her one-man work, which investigates issues of colonialism, belonging, and the globalization of the world. The Public Theater marks the final leg of the show’s nationwide tour.
Mei Ann Teo is directing the production with production design by Hao Bai, costume design by Asa Benally, composition and sound design by Erik Schilke, and dramaturgy by Vera Starbard. Grace Chariya is a production manager. Emily Preis serves as reserve.
where we belong has already made stops at the Philadelphia Theater Company, the Goodman Theater in Chicago, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and the Seattle Rep. Following public engagement, the show will take place at the Folger Theater at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC in the winter of 2024.
Sayet’s work only takes place in theaters that accept a rider developed by the playwright, according to Folgers’ announcement of the tour. “I didn’t want my story to be used as a symbolic way for theaters to tick boxes, without actually changing their behavior,” says Sayet. “So we created an accountability endorsement to accompany the show to ensure all presenting theaters would commit to what I feel is the minimum commitment to engage with the Indigenous peoples whose lands they occupy, and the story of our erasure in “American” theater Each presenting theater agreed to never perform redface again, develop an ongoing relationship with the indigenous peoples whose lands they occupy, offer free tickets to the show to all Indigenous audiences, showcasing works by local Indigenous artists, and organizing events supporting local language revitalization initiatives. I hope these initiatives will lead to more Indigenous stories being told and, when done in tandem with the show, bring awareness to some of the real issues the play is trying to address.”