Jaisey Bates

Jaisey Bates

Jaisey Bates, a misplaced Maine-iac in LA, writes and performs with her nomadic multicultural theater company, The Peoplehood (the-peoplehood.com).

Finalist, Princess Grace Award & the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
Kilroys List honorable mention
Awarded, David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize / Marin Theatre Company
Judge’s Choice/Featured...
Jaisey Bates, a misplaced Maine-iac in LA, writes and performs with her nomadic multicultural theater company, The Peoplehood (the-peoplehood.com).

Finalist, Princess Grace Award & the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
Kilroys List honorable mention
Awarded, David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize / Marin Theatre Company
Judge’s Choice/Featured Play, Oklahoma Native American New Play Festival

LA/NYC development/performance venues for her words have included the Agüeybaná Book Store, Art/Works, Articulate Theatre Company, Blank, Company of Angels, Eclectic, EST/LA, Lounge, Naked Angels, Native Voices at the Autry, Open Fist, Performance Loft, Playwrights' Center Stage, Sacred Fools "We The People", Samuel French Bookshop, Studio/Stage, Tank, Unknown and Victory theaters. Her words have also enjoyed road trips to several states and teleportation to Canada and the UK.

Her HowlRound blog “Native Communities and Climate Change, Center Stage” was selected by the editors as a stand-out blog for the year.

Current/recent journeys include the Vanguard Theatre's and Company of Angels' playwrights groups, The Protest Plays Project's 'Heal The Divide' online playwright residency and theater actions, the #AfterOrlandoPlays international theater action and forthcoming publication, and Arizona State University’s RED INK Initiative: Indigenous Cultural Series for Teens.

Her education includes Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service (BSFS), American University in Cairo (Johns Hopkins SAIS/Fulbright) and Loyola Marymount (MA in English).

Plays

  • the day we were born
    FULL LENGTH. On a day in the northernmost U.S. city two whales are freed and two boys are born.

    Raised as brothers within a culture and climate in crisis, they join the Alaskan National Guard in high school and are activated for service after graduation.

    From the freezing Arctic Circle to the sweltering deserts of Iraq the past and present coexist in a race against time trying to...
    FULL LENGTH. On a day in the northernmost U.S. city two whales are freed and two boys are born.

    Raised as brothers within a culture and climate in crisis, they join the Alaskan National Guard in high school and are activated for service after graduation.

    From the freezing Arctic Circle to the sweltering deserts of Iraq the past and present coexist in a race against time trying to bring everyone together before it’s too late.

    Winner of the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize
  • unquiet American dreams
    SHORT. A Peoplehood REAL TIME short monologue or ensemble spoken word play in which a woman wakes from dreams of crying children in cages, by Jaisey Bates. Part of #TheatreActionImmigration.
  • EenieMeenieMineyNO
    SHORT. A Peoplehood REAL TIME 4-minute play re: school shootings, by Jaisey Bates.
  • sisters three and the tree
    SHORT. A Peoplehood REAL TIME 6-minute play in which three sisters try to save the world, by Jaisey Bates.
  • To History/To Whom It May Concern - Two: War/Games
    SHORT. A Letter from Allies of the Indigenous Silenced.

    Two: War/Games.

    This Letter was inspired by a FB Friend's FB posts re:

    WAR: A town where there was a massacre of Natives. A town where the government paid bounties for Native captives, or scalps: Man. Woman. Or child.

    GAMES: A town with a school with a Native mascot. A town with a chamber...
    SHORT. A Letter from Allies of the Indigenous Silenced.

    Two: War/Games.

    This Letter was inspired by a FB Friend's FB posts re:

    WAR: A town where there was a massacre of Natives. A town where the government paid bounties for Native captives, or scalps: Man. Woman. Or child.

    GAMES: A town with a school with a Native mascot. A town with a chamber of commerce whose leadership set up “The First Annual Hunt for the Indian!” treasure hunt aiming to encourage shoppers to Shop Local during the holidays.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME short spoken word ensemble poem play by Jaisey Bates, written for THE HEAL THE DIVIDE Protest Plays Initiative.
  • To History/To Whom It May Concern - One: War/Paint
    SHORT. A Letter from Allies of the Indigenous Silenced.

    One: War/Paint.

    WAR: On December 26, 1862, at President Abraham Lincoln’s directive, 38 Dakota men were hanged in Minnesota before a thronging audience of thousands.

    PAINT: On May 26, 2017, Minnesota’s New Native Theatre, whose company of Indigenous artists had rehearsed long hours in preparation for this...
    SHORT. A Letter from Allies of the Indigenous Silenced.

    One: War/Paint.

    WAR: On December 26, 1862, at President Abraham Lincoln’s directive, 38 Dakota men were hanged in Minnesota before a thronging audience of thousands.

    PAINT: On May 26, 2017, Minnesota’s New Native Theatre, whose company of Indigenous artists had rehearsed long hours in preparation for this special one night only reading of a Native woman’s play, found themselves silenced before an empty room. They had no audience. They had no audience because their would-be audience members went instead to the Walker museum to protest the new work, a representation of the scaffold the U.S. government built to silence the Dakota 38.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME short spoken word ensemble poem play by Jaisey Bates, written for THE HEAL THE DIVIDE Protest Plays Initiative.


  • The Wager
    SHORT. A Peoplehood REAL TIME 10-minute play re: gender roles and language in which two gods make a bet and head to LA and bigly lose (their powers sanity way), by Jaisey Bates.

    Adapted from an early scene in a new full-length play, THE ACADEMY.
  • Camp Cryptid
    SHORT. Very short. A Peoplehood REAL TIME 5-minute play about Monsters, by Jaisey Bates.
  • RockPaperWORLD
    SHORT. A Peoplehood REAL TIME 10-minute play re: school shootings and our dying planet, by Jaisey Bates.

    Combines EenieMeenieMineyNO and Sisters Three & the Tree.
  • Wasted in the Wasteland
    SHORT. A Peoplehood REAL TIME 20-minute post-apocalyptic coming of age play featuring 2.5 screenwriters, by Jaisey Bates.

    Adapted from early scenes in a pilot based on an impossible epic radio play, this play is thinking of becoming a reduced cast (probably 12 to 14 or so) impossible epic full-length stage play someday.
  • they were dancing
    SHORT. On a night in June 2016, before 'the worst shooting in U.S. history', at The Pulse in Orlando, they were dancing. A June 12th, 2019 revision of a short spoken word play in four parts for four actors, on the third anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

    Why these words: Summer 2016 waking horror dreams led to this gathering of words in support of mutual healing, strengthened...
    SHORT. On a night in June 2016, before 'the worst shooting in U.S. history', at The Pulse in Orlando, they were dancing. A June 12th, 2019 revision of a short spoken word play in four parts for four actors, on the third anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

    Why these words: Summer 2016 waking horror dreams led to this gathering of words in support of mutual healing, strengthened community and positive change. That we might build with our joined words an enduring shelter from such storms. That we might write a new story worthy of our children, our children’s children. That we might learn, in the precious few moments we are gifted, to walk together in beauty this beloved ground.

    Why these words in this way: Each of us is composed of many voices, inside, outside. We read our world and each other through the ever-changing and evolving synapses and interstitial spaces of all these voices. Nontraditionally multicasting words and voices is a way in which this writer tries to bring into living play the way variable perspectives and resultant textures, dimensions, tensions and interplay dialogues of differences write who we are and our world.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME short spoken word ensemble poem play by Jaisey Bates, written for AFTER ORLANDO, an international theatre action curated by Missing Bolts Productions and NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press.
  • i had a dream but now i'm woke
    SHORT. July 2016 - Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge, LA - Philando Castile, Falcon Heights, MN.

    Why these words: Summer 2016 waking horror dreams led to this gathering of words in support of mutual healing, strengthened community and positive change. That we might build with our joined words an enduring shelter from such storms. That we might write a new story worthy of our children, our children’s...
    SHORT. July 2016 - Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge, LA - Philando Castile, Falcon Heights, MN.

    Why these words: Summer 2016 waking horror dreams led to this gathering of words in support of mutual healing, strengthened community and positive change. That we might build with our joined words an enduring shelter from such storms. That we might write a new story worthy of our children, our children’s children. That we might learn, in the precious few moments we are gifted, to walk together in beauty this beloved ground.

    Why these words in this way: Each of us is composed of many voices, inside, outside. We read our world and each other through the ever-changing and evolving synapses and interstitial spaces of all these voices. Nontraditionally multicasting words and voices is a way in which this writer tries to bring into living play the way variable perspectives and resultant textures, dimensions, tensions and interplay dialogues of differences write who we are and our world.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME short spoken word ensemble poem play by Jaisey Bates.
  • summer storms
    SHORT. Combines before 'the worst shooting in u.s. history' they were dancing and i had a dream but now i'm woke.

    Why these words: Summer 2016 waking horror dreams led to this gathering of words in support of mutual healing, strengthened community and positive change. That we might build with our joined words an enduring shelter from such storms. That we might write a new story...
    SHORT. Combines before 'the worst shooting in u.s. history' they were dancing and i had a dream but now i'm woke.

    Why these words: Summer 2016 waking horror dreams led to this gathering of words in support of mutual healing, strengthened community and positive change. That we might build with our joined words an enduring shelter from such storms. That we might write a new story worthy of our children, our children’s children. That we might learn, in the precious few moments we are gifted, to walk together in beauty this beloved ground.

    Why these words in this way: Each of us is composed of many voices, inside, outside. We read our world and each other through the ever-changing and evolving synapses and interstitial spaces of all these voices. Nontraditionally multicasting words and voices is a way in which this writer tries to bring into living play the way variable perspectives and resultant textures, dimensions, tensions and interplay dialogues of differences write who we are and our world.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME short spoken word ensemble poem play by Jaisey Bates.
  • Story knife
    SHORT. A Native Alaskan government boarding school survivor and US Army Vet shares his story.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME short play from RUN, a play by Jaisey Bates.
  • BorderLands
    SHORT ONE-ACT.

    A grieving father,
    a new border patrol officer,
    two lost children
    and The Man in the Maze
    cross paths in the BorderLands
    under the Sonoran Desert sun.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME short play by Jaisey Bates.
    Part of #TheatreActionImmigration.
  • The Litchfield Ceremony
    SHORT ONE-ACT.

    A suicidal lobsterman poet, a lost NYC college student, and a Blue Heron spirit cross paths in the Maine woods.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME one-act play by Jaisey Bates.
  • Portrait of the artist as a young woman
    SHORT. Lucia Joyce, in a mental asylum in Occupied France, learns her father, James Joyce, has died.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME short spoken word poem play by Jaisey Bates.
  • Indian Summer
    SHORT. It's HOT. But it's October. In MAINE. Two spirits wait for their daughter.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME scene from RUN, a play by Jaisey Bates.
  • Dallas, Maine
    SHORT. A spunky tv tuned to Dallas, a Penobscot man from the 1600s, a temp childcare worker and two 5-year-old orphans cross paths in a group home in Portland, Maine.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME short play from RUN, a play by Jaisey Bates.
  • On a rocky shore
    SHORT. A man has lost his memory on a rocky shore.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME short play by Jaisey Bates.
  • Sing
    SHORT. A woman visits the land of her ancestors for the first time.

    A Peoplehood REAL TIME short play by Jaisey Bates.