Theater Review (NYC): Wood Bones by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.
By Deborah Atherton
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I was not quite sure what to expect when I showed up at the Abingdon Theater recently for the Eagle Project’s inaugural production of Wood Bones by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. I had attended an event introducing The Eagle Project, a new theater company dedicated to exploring the American identity through performing arts and their own Native heritage, earlier this year, and had been intrigued by the single scene I saw then. The complete production of Wood Bones more than lived up to the promise of that scene, and was in fact one of the most beautiful and spiritual plays I have ever seen. [Read More]
Adam Szymkowicz interviews William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.
Q: Tell me about Wood Bones.
A: “Wood Bones” is not your typical haunted house story. In fact, it isn’t about a haunted house. It is about a form of energy that humans have created over the
years inhabiting this one space. It is sort of what is left behind. This energy starts to manifest and becomes conscience. Sort of similar to like a computer become self-aware of itself, a form
of artificial intelligence but in this instance an organic intelligence is created. The problem in writing the play was to present a collection of characters that didn’t judge themselves, or the
audience would be able to be quick to judge. It is a multi-cultural cast because like America, we are diverse. It is the Native American Tribal communities that bear the weight of these various
communities, as does the house energy/spirit character, 121, does in the play. [Read
nytheatre.com Q&A Preview by Ryan Victor Pierce (Little Eagle) April 9, 2013
What is your job on this show?
Founder/Artistic Director of Eagle Project and Actor in "Wood Bones".
What is your show about?
What you create in this world is sometimes left behind for other generations.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Theater that challenges the status quo and uncovers some harsh truths is the type of theater I most like to work on. [Read More]
There are a lot of structures we don't see because we are not trained to see them," commented American Indian playwright, William Yellow Robe, Jr., Assiniboine/Sioux of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, as he spoke about his new play, "Wood Bones," that opens in New York on Thursday evening. [Read More]
The Eagle Project presents its inaugural production the World Premiere of Wood Bones by William S. Yellow Robe Jr., directed by Bob Jaffe, Thursday, May 9th through Saturday, May 18th, 2013, at the June Havoc Theatre Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street New York, NY. [Read More]