"The Buz'Gem Blues" at Trinity Rep

Trinity Repertory Company will present "The Buz'Gem Blues" by Drew Hayden Taylor, May 13 - June 19. Kennetch Charlette, artistic director of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, will direct.
"The Buz'Gem Blues" is a comic tale of finding love later in life. Tribal elder Amos is beginning to wonder if his twenty-something girlfriend is really the one for him. Then he meets Martha, with whom he has nothing in common but age. Can two people from opposing Nations and beliefs find true love? There's a buz'gem ("sweetheart" in Ojibway) out there for everyone.
Though Mr. Hayden Taylor's work is well known and often produced in Canada, this is the first regional theater production of his work in the United States. In staged readings, "The Buz'Gem Blues" was the hit of Trinity's 2001 and 2002 Native theater festivals -- Theater From the Four Directions.
"'The Buz'Gem Blues' is the first full production of Theater from the Four Directions," said artistic director Oskar Eustis. "Drew Hayden Taylor's delightfully funny and life-affirming tale of love and identity is the perfect choice: rooted in Native experience, yet wonderfully accessible to a non-Native audience. We believe this is the largest professional, entirely Native-led production in American regional theater history."
Drew Hayden Taylor has done everything from stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to lecturing at the British Museum on the films of Sherman Alexie. He is an award winning playwright, author of 15 books, a scriptwriter, a humor columnist, short story writer and documentary film director -- most notably "Redskins," "Tricksters" and "Puppy Stew," a documentary on Native humor for the National Film Board of Canada. His next project is a book on Native humor set for publication next fall. The working title is Me Funny. He is an Ojibway from the Curve Lake Reserve in Central Ontario.
For tickets and information, stop by the box office at 201 Washington Street in Providence, call 401-351-4242 or visit www.trinityrep.com.

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