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CMN to Present Bruce King's "Evening at the Warbonnet"


Evening at the Warbonnet

The College of Menominee Nation's (CMN) Fall production of Bruce King's "Evening at the Warbonnet" is a two-act play to be staged on separate nights at the College’s Keshena campus and at the Norbert Hill Center in Oneida.


The play is a dramatic comedy that discusses the burdens we each carry throughout our lives. It was written by decorated Oneida playwright, Bruce King, and has been published in numerous anthologies and staged throughout the country. This production will mark the ninth time CMN has collaborated with the Oneida Arts Program to bring live theater to both the Menominee and Oneida communities.


The play is set in an Urban Indian bar that is “just this side of the other side.” Throughout the first act of the show, the bar’s four patrons make their entrances and are reluctantly goaded into talking about their pasts. The bar’s two employees mix prodding questions, quick jokes, and knowing glances as the night unfolds. It soon becomes clear that the Warbonnet is not just another bar, and that the bar will forever alter the patrons who visit it.


CMN students and community members involved in the play include Dylan Benton, Melinda Cree, Leona Draghi, Lloyd Frieson, Kayeloni Heczko, Nathaniel Madsen, Autumn Michaletz, Jesse Norton, Colleen Rice, Elizabeth Rice, and Matthew Whitney.


Showings both evenings begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Wednesday, Dec. 2, production is in the CMN Cultural Learning Center, N172 State Hwy. 47/55, Keshena. On Friday, Dec. 4, the production is in the auditorium of the Norbert Hill Center, N7210 Seminary Road, Oneida.


Please be advised that the play is targeted for an adult audience and the language and topical matter reflect this. The production runs just under two hours in length and has an intermission.