By DeLanna Studi
A frank, heartwarming and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who embark on an incredible 900-mile journey along the “Trail of Tears” to truly understand her own identity and the conflicts of her nation. The six-week journey retraces the path her great-great grandparents took in the 1830s during the forced relocation of more than 17,000 Cherokee from their homelands. And So We Walked is a powerful, multi-faceted dramatic memoir that draws on extraordinary interviews, historical research, and the artist’s personal experience to convey the complexities and conflicts with which the Cherokee wrestle. Written and performed by DeLanna Studi, Cherokee artist and winner of the 2016 Butcher Scholar Award from The Autry Museum of the American West. Developed in close collaboration with individuals and institutions within the Eastern Band of Cherokee and Cherokee Nation, with supplemental support from Native Voices Theatre, American Indian Center and Process Series at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Produced in collaboration with the Arts and Society Initiative of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.
Due to length and content, this performance is strongly recommended for ages 12 and up.
NOTE ABOUT SEATING:
The stage design for And So We Walked incorporates the first two rows of seating on stage in a way that echos the seating at a traditional Cherokee Council House. This seating is not currently available online, but can be purchased for $10 by calling the Triad Stage Box Office at (336) 272-0160.
Triad Stage and Hanesbrands Theatre hosted a world premiere Saturday night in downtown Winston-Salem. The result of four years of work, research and experiences, the one-woman story “And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey along the Trail of Tears” gave voice to a contemporary vision of the Cherokee people’s journey. Written and performed by DeLanna Studi, born and raised by a full-blooded Cherokee father and a white mother in Oklahoma, the story telling chiefly remains in modern times.
When actor/playwright DeLanna Studi steps onto the Hanesbrands Theatre stage with Triad Stage’s “And So We Walked,” she’ll not only be premiering her own work after four years of development and readings. She’ll also be telling a contemporary story about a culture that dates back 40,000 years.