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CMN’s Theatre Production Tells the Story of an Oneida 49 Gone Wrong



College of Menominee Nation (CMN) invites you to the Norbert Hill Center Auditorium in Oneida, WI, at 7:30 p.m. on July 23 and July 24 to enjoy another original one-act play staged by the summer Theatre Production course. The play, “Reservation Interrogation”, is a comedy that uses dark humor to talk about land ownership issues, and it was written by CMN students Anthony Hernandez, Shanae Hickman, Sapatis Menomin, Elizabeth Rice, Quinton Schuyler, and Kayla Thomas in a playwriting course at CMN this past spring. This production marks the sixth time CMN has collaborated with the Oneida Arts Program’s Dollars for Arts Program, which provides funds to support excellence, innovations, and the development of the arts in Oneida for individual artists and community groups.


The play, “Reservation Interrogation,” depicts an episode of the fictional news program, “Wisconsin Justice,” to recap the mysterious events stemming from a 49 that occurred after the Oneida Powwow. It seems that sometime during that night someone snuck into Hobart and left their mark on the Village Office. Four people were accused of the crime and brought into the Oneida police department for questioning. There’s more at play than there initially appears, and the production uses a series of flashbacks to uncover the truth. The play talks about contemporary issues for Oneida people specifically, and American Indians in general, but it does so in a way that is both engaging and entertaining.


CMN students and community members involved in the play included Elizabeth Rice, Nathaniel Madsen, Brooke Metoxen-Smith, Louis Cottrell, Wauneka Powless, Jessica Buettner, Kiara Dorner, Amber Webster, Geoffrey Madsen, Marlow Dorner, Mason Powless, Amanda Stevens, Jaime Wheelock, and Quinton Schuyler.


The play was edited and directed by CMN faculty member Ryan Winn. The production runs just under an hour in length, and there will be a reception following both shows where the audience will be able to meet and greet the production’s cast and crew. The play is perfect for all ages. Admission is free.