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College and Festival Collaboration Brings Native American Comedy to WPNE-FM


Half-Red Wedding poster

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) and the Wisconsin Native American Playwright Festival invite the public to tune in for their first-ever radio theater production, a one-act comedy titled “The Half-Red Wedding.” This marks the fourth time the College and Festival have collaborated, but is their inaugural venture into broadcasting.


While the first, it may not be the last, says CMN faculty member and production director Ryan Winn. “I’ve always wanted to engage CMN students in voice acting,” Winn says, “and this show’s script lent itself perfectly to the radio theater medium. It’s filled with humor and heartwarming dialogue, with no need for physical action. I’m sure listeners will love it.”


The play about commitments, broken promises, and wild rice casserole is set in the Oneida Nation’s Parish Hall. It was written by CMN students Chantelle Kuchta, Marisa Munoz, Jeremiah TwoCrow and Curtis Wilhelmi as part of Winn’s Spring 2019 playwriting class offered at the College’s Green Bay/Oneida campus in Ashwaubenon. CMN students and community members involved in the show include Jenna Neurenberg, Jerah Doxtator, Noelia Ramirez-Gilsoul, Marisa Munoz, Kristin Jorgenson, Isaiah Powless, Caleb Aguiree, Isabella Thomas-Rice, and Christopher Powless.


The production will air on WPNE, 89.3 FM, at 10:15 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays, Oct 10, 17, and 24.


The College of Menominee Nation is an accredited baccalaureate institution with enrollment open to all at campuses in Keshena and the Green Bay location.