Profound, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Epic
About the Show
Written and performed by Erica Fae, this solo work was Drawn directly from Sarah Wakefield’s auto-biographical narrative 'Six Weeks in the Sioux Tepees,' which recounts her experiences during the 1862 Dakota Uprising.
Were it not for the protection provided by one Dakota man and his family, Sarah likely would not have lived to tell her story. A complicated narrator, by turns admirable and offensive, Sarah’s gratitude and prejudice endow her voice with sharp resonance for audiences still grappling with the legacy of America’s brutal past (and present).
"Fae gives a powerful physical performance of survival and independence, delivering Wakefield as a fascinatingly woke frontierswoman who nevertheless feels in the core of her being every terror and injustice she endures...Fae evidently wants to elevate Wakefield’s story from a captivity narrative to a crusader’s tale, even her absorbing, nuanced performance cannot separate her adaptation of that story from the conventions and themes of a genre we might all do well to escape."