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Thursday, January 8, 2009

LeAnne Howe: Choctalking on Other Realities

LeAnne Howe’s one-woman, multi-media theatrical production, Choctalking on Other Realities, premiers at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Jan 23-24, 2009, in Studio Theater.

You can find out more by going to the Krannert website, where you can also order tickets. Here is a chunk excerpted from their publicity page: "In its premiere at Krannert Center, Choctalking, a one-woman theatrical production, evokes the richness and fluidity of Howe’s prose and her particular sense of place, which, according to the literary critic Craig S. Womack, himself Oklahoma Creek-Cherokee, resides in “intersecting and competing jurisdictions, the tensions going in and out of borders, in short, disputes over who constitutes the indigenes of a given geography. Indeed, geography is at the heart of both Howe’s exploration of landscapes and the journey that she and her characters traverse in Choctalking. Howe roams from the 1970s to the early 1990s, from Oklahoma City to Jerusalem and Jordan and back again, breaking through spatial and temporal constraints to connect multiple cultures and countries. The dense textures of history, fiction, and analogous cultural references will conjure a modern odyssey in which new implications of the American Indian experience will be uncovered outside the US borders."

See also the YouTube clip pertaining to the show here.

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