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's of color, she has never known where she comes from or her racial background - that is until she sorts through her mail at Thanksgiving. The following weeks come with major discoveries, but they only leave her with more questions. What makes someone Native? A blood...
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's of color, she has never known where she comes from or her racial background - that is until she sorts through her mail at Thanksgiving. The following weeks come with major discoveries, but they only leave her with more questions. What makes someone Native? A blood quantum mandate demanded by the Federal Government? 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 maternal grandfather's story.
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Quantum

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  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:
    22 Jun. 2020
    It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Tara Moses and their play Quantum as a finalist for our 2020 National Playwrights Conference. This particular work emerged from a highly competitive, anonymous, and multi-tiered selection process to become one of 63 finalists out of more than 1,500 submissions. This enthralling piece galvanized the hearts and theatrical imaginations of our reading teams and is fully championed by our offices. We are honored to put our enthusiastic support behind this writer and their ongoing contributions to the American Theater.

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, Female Identifying 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
    ,
    Sound Theatre Company
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Native Voices at the Autry
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    La Jolla Playhouse
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Good Luck Macbeth
    ,
    2019
  • Residency
    ,
    Native Voices at the Autry
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    (Selections presented as part of INDIGENOUS) No Peeking Theatre
    ,
    2018

Awards

Selection
,
25th Annual Playwright's Retreat
,
Native Voices at the Autry
,
2019