Where the Pavement Ends: Five Native American Plays by William S. Yellow Robe Jr.

By William S. Yellow Robe Jr.

William S. Yellow gown, Jr., a number one Assiniboine playwright, begun his profession within the theater as an actor. even if his appearing talents have been revered, there have been few roles for local american citizens. for that reason, he all started writing his personal performs, growing roles not only for himself yet for different local actors in addition. the place THE PAVEMENT ENDS includes 5 of Yellow Robe's such a lot poignant and strong performs: The big name Quilter, The physique Guards, Rez Politics, The Council, and Sneaky. according to his stories at the fortress Peck Indian reservation, those performs mix uncooked reservation fact with sophisticated humor. by means of exploring a variety of features of the local American adventure, together with tribal autonomy, ecology, Indian/White family members, and identification, the performs provide a different and clean standpoint on humanity.

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Then you give them to me. I’ll package them with the help of my son and send them to a friend of ours in New York. He’ll sell them and send money back to us. We’ll take the money and split it among you Indian ladies. MONA Who is this friend of yours? LUANNE Oh, don’t worry about him. MONA And you’ll pay for all the materials we use? LUANNE Not all of it at first. Just a percentage to get started. We’ll all have to pitch in a little at first. MONA What about your friend? Is he going to pitch in a little, too?

MONA Well, a few days ago, different women were coming here to my house and told me that you came to their house asking them if they made star quilts and that you were going to make a business for them. I didn’t mind that at all. In fact some of the women really liked the idea. Sophia Shelter really likes it, because her and her husband don’t have a lot of money. It’s hard for her husband, Benny, to find work. I felt good about that, but—but what I didn’t like, or was kind of upset about, was the fact you went and told these women I knew you.

When you asked me for those names, I didn’t know you were going to go and see those people. You just asked me for names. Will was very upset, too. He told me, I talk to you too much. LUANNE Will was mad? He of all people should appreciate what I’m trying to do. He’s probably jealous that it’s a woman who came up with the idea. MONA Not just Will, but like I said, I was more than a little upset, too. I wouldn’t have given you their names if I’d known you would be that gull-pushy. LUANNE Oh, Mona.

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