by Rhiana Yazzie
directed by Ken-Matt Martin**
featuring Freda Begay, Kaitlyn Boyer, John Catron*, Lorne Duquette, Debra Jo Rupp*, Tanis Parenteau*, and Ryffin Phoenix
Nancy is a loosely based bio on first lady Nancy Reagan who is a descendant of Pocahontas, and the story of a Navajo mother and daughter, Esmeralda and Jacqueline. While Nancy tries to control the future through astrology and New Age-ism, Esmeralda fights nuclear waste storage on her homelands and while her daughter develops a debilitating anxiety disorder. The story details how internalized racism, skin color, misogyny, and economic mobility create classism and racism inside tribal communities revealing how some become gladly complicit with white supremacy when it benefits their own desires.
While I was doing research for my American Revolutions Cycle play, I found out that Nancy Reagan is a descendant of Pocahontas. I couldn't resist jumping into this strange history to create a story that shows how lucrative Native ancestry can sometimes be in the proximity of whiteness.
Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series
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**Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
*Member of Actors' Equity Association