William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. on FIRST PERSON RADIO 4/20/16

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on FIRST PERSON RADIO on Wednesday, April 20th as she talks with William S. Yellow Robe, Jr, Assiniboine. He is a nationally recognized playwright, who began his theater career as an actor. When noting the small number of roles for Native Americans, he wrote his own plays, to give Native actors more to bring to the stage. He confronts major issues like tribal autonomy, identity politics, and the historical legacy of Indian/white relations.
 
BIO

William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. is a member of the Assiniboine Tribe from the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes, located in northeastern Montana.  His newest one-act play, “Making IndiXns” was recently performed by the New Native Theatre, directed by artistic director, Rhiana Yazzie.  His full-length play, “Wood Bones,” will open this week at the ThunderBird Theatre at the Haskell Indian Junior College, the oldest Native Tribal college theatre company, directed by Dianne Yeahquo Reyner.  His short story, “Spirits R Us,” was recently published in the collection “When Spirits Visit”.  William is an actor, director, playwright, and a published poet and short story writer.  

“I’m not political,” said Yellow Robe, “The fact I write plays is political.”

 

 

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