He'eo'o

Gun smoke, burning embers, and the cries of women and children is the new reality for a sleepy Cheyenne village that asked the United States Government for peace seven days prior. Following the early morning attack by the 7th U.S. Calvary lead by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, the surviving women are broken, beaten, and bleeding while they await their impending doom. Fueled by her desire to lead her people,...
Gun smoke, burning embers, and the cries of women and children is the new reality for a sleepy Cheyenne village that asked the United States Government for peace seven days prior. Following the early morning attack by the 7th U.S. Calvary lead by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, the surviving women are broken, beaten, and bleeding while they await their impending doom. Fueled by her desire to lead her people, avenge her father’s death, and the spiritual support of the Great Spirit Maheo’o, Walking Woman remains resilient. Inspired by TROJAN WOMEN by Euripides, HE'EO'O (hey-yo) asks the question: when white men, when Americans write the history books how will we know the truth?
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He'eo'o

Character Information

  • Maheo'o
    30s - 70s,
    Native, native american, Indigenous
    ,
    Male, Non-binary, Female
    Maheo'o is the Cheyenne Creator known as the Great One or Great Spirit. Any gender identity can play this character. There are he pronouns, but again any identity.
  • Walking Woman
    20s-30s,
    Native, native american, Indigenous
    ,
    Female, Non-binary
  • Chorus 1
    30s-60s,
    Native, native american, Indigenous
    ,
    Female, Non-binary
  • Chrous 2
    Teens, early 20s,
    Native, native american, Indigenous
    ,
    Female
  • Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer
    30s,
    White
    ,
    Male
  • First Lt. Edward S. Godfrey
    20s-30s,
    White
    ,
    Male
  • Second Lt. Francis M. Gibson
    20s-30s,
    White
    ,
    Male
  • Charles Brewster
    20s-30s,
    White
    ,
    Male

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program
    ,
    2019

Awards

Winner
,
Native Young Storytellers Contest
,
Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program
,
2019