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Providence, R.I.: This month, Trinity Repertory Company and the Mashantucker Pequot Museum are collaborating on a unique series of readings by Native American dramatists. (Trends & Events).

This month, Trinity Repertory Company and the Mashantucker Pequot Museum are collaborating on a unique series of readings by Native American dramatists: "Theater from the Four Directions: New Plays from First Nations Playwrights." Works by three major Native American writers--Drew Hayden Taylor, Ian Ross and William S. Yellow Robe Jr.--will be read at the museum on Dec. 1 and 2, and then given more fully produced staged readings by a mixed company of Native and Trinity Rep resident actors on Dec. 6, 7 and 8. The 308,000-square-foot museum sits on the Pequot reservation in Mashantucker, Conn., and is a major resource for scholars and the general public on American and Canadian Native histories.

According to Trinity Rep's literary manager Craig Wilson, curator of the series: "This first go is really intended for us to get educated and to get acquainted with Native culture. We intend to do a lot more with this underexplored body of work." Two of the presented plays are about the intersection of white and Native society: The Gap by Ian Ross is a romantic drama about a Native man and white girl, and Drew Hayden Taylor's The Buz'Gem Blues is described by Watson as a "funny but definitely pointed play about the junction of two worlds." Blood of the Rez: Paper Wars by William S. Yellow Robe Jr. deals with the politics on a Montana reservation.

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