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How the West Was Bought: Aurin Squire on Broken Heart Land

Passionate life and love is at the heart of Broken Heart Land, a new play by Vicki Lynn Mooney being produced by Eagle Project. The subject matter is a family pursuing land wealth at the turn of the 20th century through marrying off their half-Native American daughters to other respectable white families. By doing so, the families hope to consolidate the government land grants allotted to Native tribes in order to create mini-empire. [Read More]

Jody Christopherson interviews playwright Vicki Lynn Mooney on Broken Heart Land

New York Theatre Review

Q: Tell us about the process of writing Broken Heart Land and your inspiration for the play? 

A: The inspiration for Broken Heart Land began as I started researching my Cherokee ancestry in preparation to join the tribe. After nearly a decade of digging, I was saturated with Cherokee history and lore, had applied for tribal membership and begun Cherokee language classes. My great-Grandmother (Alma) received a Dawes Act allotment in Tulsa, Indian Territory, and loved to tell stories of her Cherokee relations and their life in Territorial days. My cousins and I would beg her to tell us the story of her wedding night. I made Alma thirteen in the play, but she was only twelve when she was married. The process of this play was simple. I went to bed each night thinking of the story and I woke up every morning knowing what to write. It was almost as if the characters channeled me; I wrote it in four or five weeks in 2011. The ancestors had my back on this one. Alma wanted her story told! [Read More]

WBAI, Arts Express, Prairie Miller

Matt Cross' interview for WBAI (radio) on Prairie Miller's show, Arts Express. Matt Cross plays Tsimi in Broken Heart Land.


[LISTEN to Matt's interview here]

[Listen to the entire program here]

The Rivertowns Enterprise

Interview with Vicki Lynn Mooney, the writer of Broken Heart Land

Native American Talk Back

Eagle Project is proud to announce that, in collaboration with the Densford Fund of Riverside Church, we are dedicating two of our performances to Native youth. Meaning, that for two performances of Broken Heart Land, Native youth that are affiliated with a Native association or organization get to see the show for FREE.

These two performances will be Tuesday, November 11th and Wednesday, November 12th.

A talk back with the playwright, director, producer, and a couple of the actors will follow the performance.

Native youth must be between the ages of 13 and 25, basically high school and college age. The play is not appropriate for children under 12.

For more information, please e-mail Ryan Victor "Little Eagle" Pierce at

WBAI, Arts Express, Prairie Miller

Vicki Lynn Mooney and Matt Cross gave interviews for WBAI (radio) last week which aired today on Prairie Miller's show, Arts Express.


[LISTEN to the interview here]

Adam Szymkowicz interviews Vicki Lynn Mooney

Q: Tell me about Broken Heart Land.

A: Broken Heart Land (in Cherokee: Uyotsohi Adanvdo Gadohi) is set in Tulsa, Indian Territory, 1903. It is the story of Alma Wimsey, the 13-year-old daughter of a Cherokee father and white mother who rebels against an arranged marriage and reclaims her Cherokee heritage.

Although I wrote Broken Heart Land first, it is the second play chronologically in the Broken Heart Land Trilogy. The first play of the Trilogy is Hoop Jumper (1900), the second is Broken Heart Land(1903), and the third will be Thicker Than Oil (1920). The Trilogy explores the period beginning in the late 1880’s with the enactment of The Dawes Act* the largest land grab of Native territory in US history. [Read More]

Eagle Project Presents BROKEN HEART LAND

Broken Heart Land, a Finalist in the 2012 Native American New Play Festival is a full-length play by Cherokee Nation playwright Vicki Lynn Mooney and directed by Tony White. Broken Heart Land is the heart wrenching story of Alma Wimsey, the mixed-blood daughter of a Cherokee father and white mother. At thirteen she is manipulated into an arranged marriage so that her white grandfather can gain control over her tribal land including the valuable railroad through Tulsa. The story is one of love and power within the Native community during the devastating land grab by white interlopers in Oklahoma when it was still Indian Territory.

Dobbs Ferry playwright Vicki Lynn Mooney has written a trilogy of plays Broken Heart Land, Hoop Jumper and Thicker Than Oil that explore what it means to be a mixed-blood, with a foot in two worlds but truly being part of neither. Mooney takes us to the core of what the real American story is revealing a history unknown to most Americans. [Read More]

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