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Acclaimed playwright William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. to read works at Hangin’ Art Gallery on November 9

ARLEE — On Friday evening, November 9 at 7 p.m., nationally acclaimed Assiniboine playwright William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. will return to the stage at Hangin Art Gallery to read new and old works and spend some time interacting with the audience. “It is great to be back in the lands that are my home,” said Yellow Robe. His work includes “Poetry, fiction, acting, poverty, playwriting, and all the other forms of de-colonization by a spam eating Montana Indian...Stories that would burn down Bill Cody’s Chautauqua tent.” It is our pleasure to welcome Bill back after far too many years absence.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of University of Montana (UM) Day of Dialogue, UM Department of Native American Studies, SKC HeartLines Project, and Missoula Schools Indian Education Project, Bill will be spending a week in the Missoula area working with students in schools and sharing his work and thoughts with audiences at the University of Montana and at Hangin Art Gallery.

He is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian reservation and for many years called Missoula his home. He is a Libra Professor in the English Department at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, and is a Faculty Affiliate with the Creative Writing department at the University of Montana, inMissoula, Montana.

He has two new plays a one-act play and a full-length play. “Sacagawea; Bird Woman” is being produced in October and November by Urban stages in New York City. A new full-length play, “Wood Bones,” was presented as staged readings at the Playwrights Horizons theaters and Lark Development Center in New York, New York. “Wood Bones,” will receive a full production next May, 2013, in NYC.

He is a member of the Penumbra Theater Company, the Ensemble Studio Theater, AMERINDA-American Indian Artists Association, and a member of the advisory board for Red Eagle Soaring Theater company. He is a founding member of the American Indian Playwrights Guild and the National American Indian Theater and performing Arts Alliance. He is a recipient of a Native American Achiever’s Award from the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian, a New England Excellence Award in Theater, the First Book Award for Drama from the Gathering of Nations, and a Princess Grace Fellowship.

For additional information, contact Donna Mollica at (406) 370-3358 or donna@hanginartgallery.com

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