Photo Flash: Theater Legends Premiere FEAR OF OATMEAL

American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA) present the World Premiere of FEAR OF OATMEAL conceived, written and directed by Muriel Miguel, co-founder of the legendary Spiderwoman Theater and starring her sister, Gloria Miguel, also of Spiderwoman Theater fame. Performances run through June 24 at Theatre for the New City.

Set in an old family house in Brooklyn, FEAR OF OATMEAL is the story of an old Native woman, Nelly, and her house. She is surrounded by the detritus of the generations who came before her and by her memories. Fear of Oatmeal recalls the Native community that lived in post-Depression Brooklyn. They moved freely from home to home, visiting, sharing food and telling stories.

FEAR OF OATMEAL stars Donna Couteau (Inktomi at The Public Theatre), Joe Cross (Earth, Sun & Moon at Lincoln Center), Gloria Miguel (co-founder of Spiderwoman Theater), Soni Moreno (Hair on Broadway), and Sheldon Raymore (anecdota's Saved Again And By Him at New Ohio Theatre). The production team includes Patricia Golden (general manager/technical director), Dedalus Wainwright (set and props), Alexander Bartenieff (lighting), Gabrielle Amelia Marino (costumes), Statz Tatsumi Saines (production stage manager), and Kylie Jo Skellen (assistant stage manager).

Muriel Miguel (Kuna/Rappahannock) is legendary in the New York Contemporary Native American Arts Movement. Born and raised in Brooklyn, the Miguel sisters' father was from the Kuna Yala and their mother was Rappahannock from Virginia. They had lived near the Mohawks in the community in Brooklyn. From their youngest years, Miguel and her sisters performed traditional dances at powwows. Muriel studied with Erick Hawkins and Alwin Nikolais to become a modern dancer. She then was a member of the Open Theater under the direction of Joseph Chaikin. With her sisters, she founded the Spiderwoman Theater Ensemble in 1976, the oldest feminist theater in North America. She was one of the driving forces of the group and is the artistic director of the company. Muriel is a 2016 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship recipient, has received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Miami University, is a member of the National Theatre Conference, and attended the Rauschenberg Residency in 2016. She continues to direct, perform, and teach in-residence at Amerinda.

Established in 1987, American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA) is a community-based multi-arts organization that works to empower Native Americans and foster intercultural understanding of Native culture. Located in New York, AMERINDA is the only Native American multi-arts organization of its kind in the U.S., and has been widely recognized for its artistic and cultural integrity. AMERINDA Theater produces staged readings and full productions of new plays by Native American Playwrights. In addition to continuing this vital work, AMERINDA launched the first-ever Native Shakespeare Ensemble in 2015 with Macbeth. The ensemble focuses on full productions that re-imagine the original classical text. www.amerinda.org

FEAR OF OATMEAL runs June 8 - 24, Thursday - Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Theater for the New City is located at 155 First Avenue at 10th Street - accessible from the L train at 14th Street. Tickets are $20 / $15 for seniors and students at www.amerinda.org.

Photo Flash: Theater Legends Premiere FEAR OF OATMEAL
Donna Couteau & Gloria Miguel in FEAR OF OATMEAL. Photo by Walesca Ambroise.

Photo Flash: Theater Legends Premiere FEAR OF OATMEAL
Donna Couteau & Gloria Miguel in FEAR OF OATMEAL. Photo by Walesca Ambroise.

Photo Flash: Theater Legends Premiere FEAR OF OATMEAL
Sheldon Raymore in FEAR OF OATMEAL. Photo by Walesca Ambroise.

Photo Flash: Theater Legends Premiere FEAR OF OATMEAL
Soni Moreno in FEAR OF OATMEAL. Photo by Walesca Ambroise.

Photo Flash: Theater Legends Premiere FEAR OF OATMEAL
Gloria Miguel in FEAR OF OATMEAL. Photo by Walesca Ambroise.

Photo Flash: Theater Legends Premiere FEAR OF OATMEAL
Donna Couteau & Gloria Miguel (front); Soni Moreno Joe Cross & Sheldon Raymore (back) in FEAR OF OATMEAL. Photo by Walesca Ambroise.

Photo Flash: Theater Legends Premiere FEAR OF OATMEAL
Sheldon Raymore & Gloria Miguel in FEAR OF OATMEAL. Photo by Walesca Ambroise.

Photo Flash: Theater Legends Premiere FEAR OF OATMEAL
Joe Cross in FEAR OF OATMEAL. Photo by Walesca Ambroise.



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