Smoke

Smoke is the story of Connie Farmer, a Christian Tuscarora woman and her struggle to connect with the traditional people of her reservation. Connie and her brother are considered outsiders by her people, because her mother converted to Christianity. Traditionally, Clan and tribal membership are identified through the mother, so the entire family (except for her father) are considered outsiders. Connie tries...
Smoke is the story of Connie Farmer, a Christian Tuscarora woman and her struggle to connect with the traditional people of her reservation. Connie and her brother are considered outsiders by her people, because her mother converted to Christianity. Traditionally, Clan and tribal membership are identified through the mother, so the entire family (except for her father) are considered outsiders. Connie tries everything (good and bad) to force the people of the Rez to accept her, including seducing one of their leading sons. It doesn’t work. When the play opens she is almost resigned to her fate until her brother returns from his posting in Afghanistan, and announces his engagement - to the sister of the man that Connie seduced. Then, when the most sacred place on the Rez, the Longhouse itself, burns down after a suspicious fire - all eyes turn to Connie.
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Smoke

Recommended by

  • J. Julian Christopher:
    30 Nov. 2017
    A beautifully imaginative and important play.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    BOOArts at Manhattan Theatre Source
    ,
    2009
  • Reading
    ,
    Different Voices at The Roundabout Theater
    ,
    2009
  • Reading
    ,
    Amerinda at the Public Theater
    ,
    2008
  • Reading
    ,
    Native Voices at the Circle at AICH
    ,
    1996

Production History

  • Workshop
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    Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group at Pershing Square Signature Center
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    2013