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Dust Eaters
Dust Eaters
"Jensen's most moving, emotionally charged drama yet." —Deseret News

"A wonderful combination of sharply honed dialogue with Native American myth and ritual." —The Salt Lake Tribune

"Dust Eaters goes to the very heart of White/Native American relations, of past and present injustices, of white privilege and power, and of environmental racism." —Catalyst
By Julie Jensen

Cast: 2m., 2w. (Includes 1 Native American m. and 1 Native American w. May be expanded to 3m., 4w., 1 Native American m., 2 Native American w.) Dust Eaters is an intimate look at two families, one white, one Native American, living side by side in the west desert of Utah. The play covers a total of seven generations, from 1877 to the present. Each scene—a mini-drama of its own—takes place 20 years later than the one before, all in the same small house. We follow the life of Albertine who begins as a defiant 10-year-old Goshute girl living with a white family on a ranch next to her tribe's ancestral land. We trace the interdependence and resentment, the love and denial of the two families. In the end Albertine's great-grandchildren are grappling with a decision to store high-level nuclear waste on their reservation. The play is a chamber history that defines the past through everyday, intimate human detail and looks at the assumptions behind both cultural points of view. It presents history as we see our own personal history, as a life lived in the wake of seminal events. Supported by the National Theatre Artist Residency Program, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for the Steinberg New Play Award for best new play produced outside New York. One set. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  D92
Cast Size:  4
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  72
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  105 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583423591
Publication Date: 10/12/2006
Julie Jensen's play, Two-Headed, was commissioned by ASK Theatre Projects in Los Angeles and was developed in the Common Ground Festival. It has had successful productions at Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake City, Utah; Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, Va.; the Women's Project and Productions in New York City and by Timescape Arts Group in Los Angeles. Jensen's earlier plays ...More
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