Vickie Ramirez

Vickie Ramirez

Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora) is a founding member of the Chukalokoli Native Theater Ensemble and Amerinda Theater. In 2009 Vickie became the first Indigenous playwright accepted to the Emerging Writer’s Group at New York’s famed Public Theater, and she is also the first Indigenous playwright granted a residency at New Dramatists. Vickie received two honorable mentions by the Kilroy’s, once in 2015, for Standoff...
Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora) is a founding member of the Chukalokoli Native Theater Ensemble and Amerinda Theater. In 2009 Vickie became the first Indigenous playwright accepted to the Emerging Writer’s Group at New York’s famed Public Theater, and she is also the first Indigenous playwright granted a residency at New Dramatists. Vickie received two honorable mentions by the Kilroy’s, once in 2015, for Standoff at Hwy#37 and again in 2019 for Pure Native. Pure Native was also a semi-finalist for the Bay Area’s Playwright’s conference in 2019. Recent Productions: Pure Native - Native Voices at the Autry (L.A.), Standoff at Hwy#37 – Native Voices at the Autry (L.A.) and the University of South Dakota, Glenburn 12 W.P. - Summer Shorts at 59E59, Smoke - Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group at Pershing Square Signature Center. You can read her work in Monologues for Actors of Color: Women (2016), Monologues for Actors of Color Men, and Contemporary Plays by Women of Color (2017). Member: Dramatists Guild

Plays

  • Pure Native
    Brewster’s back after almost a decade and things have changed. He's recovered from his addictions and has become very successful working for a large Corporate Food Company in their bottled water division. Brews is proud of his success and wants to share it with the people of his Rez. Afterall, it's been a bad year. Several jobs have disappeared from the area and there has been a rash of teen suicides...
    Brewster’s back after almost a decade and things have changed. He's recovered from his addictions and has become very successful working for a large Corporate Food Company in their bottled water division. Brews is proud of his success and wants to share it with the people of his Rez. Afterall, it's been a bad year. Several jobs have disappeared from the area and there has been a rash of teen suicides. Brews believes a bottled water factory will solve these problems. If the Council allows his Company to build on tribal land and market "Pure Native, waters from the heart of NDN Country", they will offer infrastructure support, small business loans, scholarships and profit-sharing. To Brews this is a great opportunity for the Rez to create their own industry and sustain itself. To his old love Connie, it's a betrayal of everything the Haudenosaunee stand for. Connie believes Brewster is self-colonizing, and that the bottled water factory will destroy the culture, the environment and betray the Seventh Generation. As Brewster works hard to win over the Council and the rest of the Tribal Members, Connie fights to protect tradition and culture. Who will win?
  • Leona by the Bayou
    A travel writer who's afraid to leave her neighborhood and a "psychic" shrimp boat captain meet by the River one day. A song ensues - written for the 52nd Street Project and Venecia Escamilla (age 11)
  • Glenburn 12 WP
    "A Native American woman and a Black man walk into a bar taking refuge from the “die-in” protests at Grand Central over police brutality. With the pub deserted and bartender strangely absent, these two strangers have their run of the place. But as the liquor starts to flow, so do some inconvenient truths. “
  • Standoff At Hwy#37
    When a Native-American land-claim protest in upstate New York gets out of hand, Private
    Thomas Lee Doxdater, a Tuscarora member of the National Guard, turns his gun on his mentor
    and commanding officer. Now a fugitive from the government and a liability to his own people,
    Doxdater must decide whether to make a run to the border or face his actions and take a stand
  • 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.