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The Eagle Project to Present William S. Yellow Robe Jr.'s WOOD BONES, 5/9-18

The Eagle Project presents its inaugural production the World Premiere of Wood Bones by William S. Yellow Robe Jr., directed by Bob Jaffe, Thursday, May 9th through Saturday, May 18th, 2013, at the June Havoc Theatre Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street New York, NY.

Wood Bones is a full-length play by Native American playwright William S. Yellow Robe Jr., and directed by Bob Jaffe. Wood Bones is a uniquely woven story of a haunted house that is a trapped spirit. The home, built in the 1880's has seen its share of violence and hatred over the years and is near enough to tribal land, but far enough from it to be both a white and dark place. Who is this house? Where's it from, and how can it ultimately be free of itself? The play explores the Native American experience through tribal rules and rituals that both liberate and produce a climate of greed and excess.

The home, called 121, requires freedom from its earthly existence, and through a dramatic and painful "renovation" the audience will be haunted by its transformation. The deeply spiritual and beautifully poetic play explores exploitation of our young people, racism and personal greed vs. duty to community as a direct result of American colonialism.

William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. author of Wood Bones is one of America's most renowned Native American Playwrights. Amember of Assiniboine/Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Indian reservation, located in Northeastern Montana, he is the first Assiniboine playwright to receive the First Book Award for Drama, a Princess Grace Fellowship-Award (Theater fellowship), a Jerome Fellowship, a New England Theater Conference Award for Excellence. Yellow Robe's full-length play, Grandchildren of Buffalo Soldiers finished its national tour produced by the Penumbra Theater Company and Trinity Repertory Company. Yellow Robe is a published playwright, poet, and short fiction writer. He is also an accomplished actor and director. He is a company member of the Ensemble Studio Theater, Penumbra Theater Company, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Red Eagle Soaring Theater Company and the Missoula Writer's Collaborative.

Cast includes: Dawn Jamieson*, Albert Ybarra, Freedome Bradley*, Veracity Butcher, David Fierro*, Ryan Victor Pierce*, Robert Baumgardner*, Joleen Wilkinson* and Eden Duncan-Smith (Lion King on Broadway) *. *Denotes member of Actors Equity Association

The Eagle Project was founded in 2012 by Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribe member and NYC actor Ryan Victor Pierce (aka "Little Eagle"). After spending 4 years in New York studying acting at NYU and working on many worthy Native American Playwrights' plays that never made it to the stage, Pierce really wanted to see a play written by a Native American come to life on the stage. The company hopes to use theater to foster a community of artists and audience to give the Native American stories their proper place in American Theater. Wood Bones is the Eagle Project's inaugural production. For more information, go to

Wood Bones will perform Thursday, May 9th- -Sat, May 18th 2013 at 8PM; Saturdays (May 11th & 18th) at 2PM Sunday, May 12th at 2PM at the June Havoc Theater at the Abington Theater Complex, 312 West 36th Street, New York, NY. Tickets ($18) may be purchased online at (212) 868-4444

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