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CMN’s Theatre Production Focuses on a Community Health Scare



The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) invites the public to an original one-act play staged in the Norbert Hill Center Auditorium in Oneida by students in the College’s Summer Theatre Production course.


The play, “Crisis at the Clinic,” employs humor and dramatic elements as it speculates what would happen if a community health scare and protection of the public bumped up against cost-cutting priorities. Students Gary Adams, Tyrone Barber, Jennifer Barnes, Courtney Behrendt, Kerry Cornelius, Lee Cornelius, Jamie Komanekin, Brady Moreno, Brian Moreno, Zachary Skenandore, Madona Wilber, and Kyle Witt wrote the play in a playwriting course at CMN in the Spring 2016 semester. This production marks the eleventh time CMN has collaborated with the Oneida Arts Program to produce live theater in the Oneida community.


“Crisis at the Clinic” is set in an Indian Health Services office in the midst of a community health scare. The staff members first struggle to find the cause of their patients’ symptoms, and then strive to prevent the crisis from escalating. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but no one is willing to accept it.


CMN students and community members involved in the play include the following: Jennifer Barnes, Dylan Benton, Courtney Behrendt, Kerry Cornelius, Lee Cornelius, Priscilla Graham, Sabrina Hemken, Kaluyatatsyes Rice John, Doris Menore, Carissa Metoxen, Tyler Pamanet, Jay Reiter Jr., Elizabeth Rice, Sara Skenandore, and Isabella Thomas.


The play, edited and directed by CMN faculty member Ryan Winn, has showings on Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The production runs an hour in length. A reception following both shows enables the audience to meet and greet the production’s cast and crew. The play is perfect for all ages.