Quantum

Ivy Johnson was adopted in the fall of 1998 to a Mexican American mother and an African American father. Although it's obvious that she is of color, she has never known where she comes from or her racial background. That is until she sorts through her mail at Thanksgiving and discovers that she can request her original birth certificate. The following weeks come with major discoveries: a Native American...
Ivy Johnson was adopted in the fall of 1998 to a Mexican American mother and an African American father. Although it's obvious that she is of color, she has never known where she comes from or her racial background. That is until she sorts through her mail at Thanksgiving and discovers that she can request her original birth certificate. The following weeks come with major discoveries: a Native American mother, deception, murder, fetishism, and a long-lost cousin. But what makes someone Native? A blood quantum mandate demanded by the Federal Government or culture, language, and pride? What does it mean when your identity is stripped away from you? Rediscovering culture, reclaiming indigenous identity, and learning what it means to be a Native woman in contemporary America is the road Ivy must travel. Inspired by my family's story.
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Quantum

Character Information

  • Ivy Johnson
    late teens - twenties,
    native american, Indigenous
    ,
    Female, Female-identifying
  • Tamera Little Feather/Ramona Starr
    twenties - thirties ,
    Native, native american, Indigenous
    ,
    Female, Female-identifying, Non-binary
  • Caleb Johnson
    40s-60s,
    Black, African American
    ,
    Male, Male Identifying, Non-binary
  • Martina Johnson
    40s-60s,
    Mexican, Mexican American, Latinx
    ,
    Female, Female-identifying, F or non-binary, Non-binary
  • Sarah Donnelly/Pamela Strickland/Teresa Peters
    30s-60s,
    White
    ,
    Female
  • James Donnelly/Professor Malone/Jacob Smith
    40s-60s,
    White
    ,
    Male
  • Michael Donnelly/Howard Wyatt
    20s-30s,
    White
    ,
    Male
  • Amanda Donnelly/Receptionist
    late teens - twenties,
    White
    ,
    Female

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Native Voices at the Autry
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    La Jolla Playhouse
    ,
    2019
  • Residency
    ,
    Native Voices at the Autry
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    (Selections presented as part of INDIGENOUS) No Peeking Theatre
    ,
    2018

Awards

Winner
,
Playwright's Retreat
,
Native Voices at the Autry
,
2019