Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation’s jurisdiction, confronts the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. With shadows stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson’s Oval Office, along the fateful Trail of Tears, to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma—Sovereignty travels the powerful intersections of personal and political truths; bridging our country’s distant past and imminent future.

About the playwright: Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. She is also a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., where she works to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. Nagle has authored numerous briefs in federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Nagle studied theater and social justice at Georgetown University as an undergraduate student, and received her J.D. from Tulane Law School where she graduated summa cum laude and received the John Minor Wisdom Award. She is a frequent speaker at law schools and symposia across the country. Her articles have been published in law review journals including the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Yale Law Journal (online forum), Tulsa Law Review, and Tulane Law Review, among others. Nagle is an alumni of the 2012 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, where she developed her play Manahatta in Public Studio (May 2014). Productions include Miss Lead (Amerinda, 59E59, January 2014), and Fairly Traceable (Native Voices at the Autry, March 2017), Sovereignty (Arena Stage), Manahatta (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and Return to Niobrara (Rose Theater). In 2019, Portland Center Stage will produce the world premiere of Crossing Mnisose. Nagle has received commissions from Arena Stage (Sovereignty), the Rose Theater (Return to Niobrara, Omaha, Nebraska), Portland Center Stage (Mnisose), Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Yale Repertory Theatre (A Pipe for February), and Round House Theater.

"At a time when the current President of the United States thinks that the Trail of Tears is nothing more than a joke he can use as a political weapon, it is critical that Americans learn about the attempt, and failure, of President Andrew Jackson to completely eradicate my Nation and all Cherokee Nation citizens on the Trail of Tears. We are still here today, and I am so thankful that Marin Theatre Company is giving me the chance to share a story that most Americans have never heard."  —Mary Kathryn Nagle

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Sunday Oct 6, 7:30pm

Matinees 
Sunday (Preview) Sep 29, 4pm    
Thursday (Perspectives) Oct 17, 1pm    
Saturdays, Oct 5,12 & 19, 2pm    
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    MTC Engaged Special Events

    WINDOW ON THE WORK

    WINDOW ON THE WORK

    Thurs., Sept 5 | 7:00 PM

    Window on the Work series focuses on our production; design, casting and rehearsal process. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley.

    AFTER WORDS

    AFTER WORDS

    Post-Show

    Post-show question and answer sessions, led by a member of our artistic staff, immediately following most performances (except on Opening and Closing Nights and Saturdays).

    Young Professionals Night

    Young Professionals Night

    Wed, Oct 2 | 6:45 PM

    Pre-show networking reception with other young professionals and Bay Area theatre-goers, with complimentary beverages & snacks! At 7:10 PM, you can join our literary manager / resident dramaturg Laura Brueckner for a pre-show lecture in the theatre (optional) followed by the 7:30 PM performance of Sovereignty

    WEDNESDAY PRE-SHOW TALK

    WEDNESDAY PRE-SHOW TALK

    Every Wednesday | 7:10 PM

    Join us in the theatre—with a beverage!—for a pre-show talk with a member of our artistic staff prior to every Wednesday evening performance.

    PERSPECTIVES MATINEE

    PERSPECTIVES MATINEE

    Thurs Oct 17 | 12:00 PM

    Topical lecture one hour prior to the 1:00 PM open-captioned performance.

    Cast

    • Scott Coopwood

      Scott Coopwood

      White Chorus Man

      Scott Coopwood Regional favorites include:  The title roles in Hamlet, MacBeth, Cymbeline, King John, Edward III and Cyrano De Bergerac, Iago in Othello, Edmund in King Lear, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Carl in Lonely Planet, Charlie in The Scene, Kippy in Take Me Out, Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice, Jacques in As You Like It, Trigorin in The Seagull, Benedick, Don John, and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Petruchio in The Taming Of The Shrew, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Harry Brock in Born Yesterday, Brennan in Frost/Nixon, Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Johan in Groundswell and Apis in Archduke. Regional Theatres include: Arkansas Rep., Artists Rep., Capital Rep., San Jose Rep., Center Rep., Berkeley Rep., Capital Stage, The Utah, Colorado, Orlando and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals, Arizona Theatre Co., Sacramento Theater Co., Marin Theatre Co., Portland Center Stage.,Theatreworks.,The Seattle and Marin Shakespeare Companies, Profile Theatre Project, Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse, and Jewel Theatre Co., as well as work with the Toronto, Windsor, and Oregon Symphony Orchestra’s. 

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    •  Ella Dershowitz

      Ella Dershowitz

      Sarah Bird Northrup / Flora Ridge

      Past MTC: Thomas and Sally. Bay Area: Actually (Aurora), The Wolves (Capital Stage), The Siegel (City Lights).  Off-Broadway/NYC: Can You Forgive Her? (Vineyard Theater), Connected (59E59), Intimacy (The New Group), Card and Gift (Clubbed Thumb), On The Verge (Attic Theater), A Splintered Soul (Theater Three).  Regional: 4,000 Miles (Hudson Stage), You Will Remember Me (Hudson Stage), Visitors (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse), The Screenwriter’s Daughter (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Payomet).  TV/Film: Phil Spector (HBO), The Affair (Showtime), Lie to Me (Fox), Knife FightTwo-Bit Waltz, Addiction: A 60’s Love Story, I Am MichaelPitching Tents.  Training: Yale University and LAMDA.

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    • Elizabeth Frances

      Sarah Polson

    • Adam Magill

      Adam Magill

      Samuel Worcester / Mitch

      Adam Magill last appeared at Marin Theatre Company as Will in Shakespeare in Love. Previously he was in Native Son and , Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, and The Whale. Bay Area credits include: Macbeth (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Stupid F**king Bird(San Fransisco Playhouse), The Whale(MTC), The Mousetrap (Shotgun Players), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (City Lights Theater Company). Mr. Magill is a graduate of the Foothill Theatre Conservatory.

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    • Craig Marker

      Craig Marker

      Andrew Jackson / Ben

      Craig Marker returns to Marin Theatre Company having performed as King Henry VIII and James I in Anne Boleyn and Nick Bright in Invisible Hand. Other MTC credits include Bus Stop, Equivocation, 9 Circles, Glass Menagerie, Seagull, and Othello. Recent Bay Area Credits include: Yoga Play and Noises Off at San Francisco Playhouse; Frost/Nixon at TheatreWorks; and Dancing Lessons and The Liar at Center REPertory Company. Marker has performed for California Shakespeare Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Aurora Theatre Company, Capital Stage Company, Playground, Shotgun Players, Barbican Theatre (UK), Birmingham Repertory Theatre (UK), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK), and the Cyprus International Festival of Greek Drama. Marker is a graduate of Cal State East Bay’s theatre program and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. More information at www.craig-marker.com

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    • Robert I. Mesa

      John Ridge

    • Andrew Roa

      Major Ridge / Roger Ridge Polson

      Andrew Roa makes is Marin Theatre Company debut.  An award winning actor, director, and filmmaker, his stage credits include the World premiere of Sovereignty (Arena Stage), Black Elk Speaks (Denver Center Theatre/Mark Taper Forum), The Spirit of Pocahontas (Disneyland Theatre), Equus (Nevada Repertory), and Happy (Montana Repertory).  Since 1999, he has been a founding Company Member of Native Voices at the Autry, playing roles in Please Do Not Touch the Indians (Outstanding Theatre Performance, First Americans in the Arts) and Kino and Teresa among others, as well as directing and mentoring young playwrights.  Film and TV credits include Picking up the Pieces, Fame, Quantum Leap, The Ellen Burstyn Show and The Iceman Chronicles.  Andrew is also a film producer, director, screenwriter with five features and several shorts to his credit.  

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    • Kholan Studi

      Elias Boudinot / Watie

    • Jake Waid

      John Ross / Jim Ross

    Creative Team

    • Mary Kathryn Nagle

      Mary Kathryn Nagle

      Playwright

      Mary Kathryn Nagle (playwright) is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. She is also a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., where she works to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. Nagle has authored numerous briefs in federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Nagle studied theater and social justice at Georgetown University as an undergraduate student, and received her J.D. from Tulane Law School where she graduated summe cum laude and received the John Minor Wisdom Award. She is a frequent speaker at law schools and symposia across the country. Her articles have been published in law review journals including the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Yale Law Journal (online forum), Tulsa Law Review, and Tulane Law Review, among others.

      Nagle is an alumn of the 2012 PUBLIC THEATER Emerging Writers Group, where she developed her play Manahatta in PUBLIC STUDIO (May 2014). Productions include Miss Lead (Amerinda, 59E59, January 2014), and Fairly Traceable (Native Voices at the Autry, March 2017), Sovereignty (Arena Stage), Manahatta (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and Return to Niobrara (Rose Theater). In 2019, Portland Center Stage will produce the world premiere of Crossing Mnisose.

      Nagle has received commissions from Arena Stage (Sovereignty), the Rose Theater (Return to Niobrara, Omaha, Nebraska), Portland Center Stage (Mnisose), Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Yale Repertory Theatre (A Pipe for February), and Round House Theater.

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    • Jasson Minadakis

      Jasson Minadakis

      Director

      Jasson Minadakis (director) is in his 14th season as artistic director of Marin Theatre Company, where he has directed Oslo, Shakespeare in Love, Thomas and Sally, Guards at the Taj, August: Osage County, The Invisible Hand, Anne Boleyn, The Convert, The Whale, Failure: A Love Story, the world premiere of Lasso of Truth, The Whipping Man (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards for Best Production and Best Acting Ensemble), Waiting for Godot, Othello: the Moor of Venice, The Glass Menagerie, Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice, the world premiere of Libby Appel’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Seagull, Happy Now?, Equivocation (SFBATCC Award, Best Director), the world premiere of Sunlight, Lydia, The Seafarer, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Streetcar Named Desire, said Saïd, Love Song, and The Subject Tonight is Love. As artistic director of Actor’s Express Theatre Company, he directed The Pillowman; Bug; The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Echoes of Another Man; Killer Joe; Burn This; The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?; Blue/Orange; and Bel Canto. As producing artistic director of Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, he directed Jesus Hopped the ’A’ Train, Chagrin Falls (2002 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Production), and numerous others, including 19 productions of Shakespeare. Regional credits include The Whipping Man at Virginia Stage Company, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Hamlet at Georgia Shakespeare, Copenhagen at Playhouse on the Square (2003 Ostrander Theatre Award for Best Dramatic Production), and Bedroom Farce at Wayside Theatre.

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    • Annie Smart

      Scenic Designer

    • EB Brooks

      Costume Designer

    • Danny Osburn

      Lighting Designer

    • Sara Huddleston

      Sound Designer

    • Mike Post

      Projection Designer

    • ​Laura A. Brueckner

      ​Laura A. Brueckner

      Lliterary Manager & Resident Dramaturg

      Laura A. Brueckner has been supporting productions and playwrights with her dramaturgical work for over 20 years, with an emphasis on digital dramaturgy, world premieres, and commissions. During this time, she has been proud to count among her collaborators artists such as Marin Theatre Company’s playwright in residence, Lauren Gunderson; Christopher Chen; Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig; Mina Morita; Marissa Wolf; Idris Goodwin; Lachlan Philpott; and Dominique Serrand, as well as groundbreaking companies Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Crowded Fire Theater, The New Harmony Project, Playwrights Foundation, and, now, MTC. As an artist, she is committed to theatre as a path of social action, critical inquiry, discovery, and delight. Her journalistic writing on artistic process and audience engagement has been published by HowlRound and Theatre Bay Area; her dramaturgical writing has been published by Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, and Crowded Fire. A member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, she holds a B.A. in English Dramatic Literature (magna cum laude) from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Dramaturgy from U.C. San Diego.

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    • Trevor Scott Floyd

      Trevor Scott Floyd

      Artistic Producer)

      Trevor Scott Floyd (he/him/his) started as an Artistic Direction intern with MTC in 2015 and, prior to his current role as Artistic Producer, spent two seasons as Director of Ticketing, Artistic Associate, and Company Manager. As Artistic Producer, Trevor serves as MTC's local Casting Director. Originally from the beaches of South Carolina, he graduated with a dual major in Theatre and Political Science from Clemson University before trading in the Palmetto trees for the Redwoods. In addition to his role at MTC he is a freelance director and writer. You can read his latest work on the New Play Exchange.

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    * Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
    + Member, United Scenic Artists
    ^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

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