ROUGH ROCK, Ariz. -- The Native American Theater Project of Rough Rock High
School on the Navajo Nation has been selected as one of the 50 schools to
represent the United States at the Fringe Theater Festival in Edinburgh,
Scotland, in August of 2006.
The Fringe Festival is the largest theater festival in the world, boosting
more than 150,000 performers. Rough Rock is the first American Indian
theater group ever to be invited to this prestigious event. The troupe
consists of Ojibwe writer/director David Shorey and Navajo actresses Kayla
Haley, Violetta Sam and Andrea Woody. They will perform an original script
entitled "Strong Native Women."
The cost of this trip is high. To raise the funds necessary, the drama
troupe has been conducting workshops on Native theater and performing. In
2005 and 2006 they traveled to Kayenta High School; Gilbert Chandler
College; the Four Corners Drama Festival in Farmington, N.M.; the Noli
Indian School in San Juancito, Calif.; and recently was invited to Ira
Hayes High School on the Gila River Reservation. For their services, the
students have been paid around $5,000.
This program has been so successful that the Noli Indian School has decided
to start its own drama program and to fly its students to The 15th Annual
Native American Drama and Fine Arts Festival in Rough Rock.
Shorey said, "We still have a long ways to go, so if there is anyone
interested in having the Native American Theater Project to present at
their schools or events, contact David Shorey at (928) 728-3334 or Kayla
Haley at email@example.com."