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October 15 - November 10
Upperstage
Tickets start at $25

Dates

  1. October 15, 2019 at 7:30PM
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  2. October 16, 2019 at 6:30PM
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  3. October 17, 2019 at 7:30PM
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  4. October 18, 2019 at 7:30PM
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  5. October 19, 2019 at 1:00PM
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  6. October 19, 2019 at 5:00PM
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  7. October 20, 2019 at 2:00PM
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  8. October 24, 2019 at 2:00PM
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  9. October 24, 2019 at 7:30PM
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  10. October 25, 2019 at 7:30PM
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  11. October 26, 2019 at 5:00PM
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  12. October 26, 2019 at 9:00PM
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  13. October 27, 2019 at 2:00PM
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  14. October 29, 2019 at 6:30PM
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  15. October 31, 2019 at 2:00PM
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  16. October 31, 2019 at 7:30PM
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  17. November 1, 2019 at 7:30PM
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  18. November 2, 2019 at 5:00PM
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  19. November 3, 2019 at 2:00PM
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  20. November 3, 2019 at 6:00PM
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  21. November 6, 2019 at 7:30PM
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  22. November 7, 2019 at 7:30PM
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  23. November 8, 2019 at 7:30PM
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  24. November 9, 2019 at 4:00PM
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  25. November 9, 2019 at 8:00PM
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  26. November 10, 2019 at 2:00PM
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About the Play


And So We Walked: An Artist's Journey Along the Trail of Tears
created & performed by DeLanna Studi
October 15 - November 10, 2019

inspiring personal quest
Join Cherokee actor and artist DeLanna Studi as she explores her personal and cultural identity while traveling the Trail of Tears with her father—and her family spirits. This one-woman play probes the complexities and conflicts that the Cherokee Nation still wrestles with today, almost 200 years after their forced relocation. Past and present intertwine with dreams, history, and legend in this frank and moving memoir of doubt and discovery.

A Note from Artistic: 
"Four years ago, my father and I embarked on a journey of a lifetime—retracing our family's footsteps of their forced removal from our original homelands in North Carolina to our current home in Oklahoma. When I began writing And So We Walked, it read more like a travel log. It wasn't personal. I was terrified to confront the impact the Trail of Tears has on my family today. Only when I became more specific did the story become universal and relatable. In the end, And So We Walked is a story of trauma, loss, resilience, and most importantly, hope. Yes, it was challenging writing such a personal story that highlights all my failures and shortcomings, but it's these flaws that make us human; thus putting a human face on an often forgotten part of our shared American history." –DeLanna Studi, Creator and Performer

APPROXIMATE RUN TIME: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears is an inspiring drama that contains mild language and adult situations including references to addiction and the mass genocide of indigenous people. It is recommended for patrons 7th grades and above.

And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears is part of our new INclusion Series celebrating diverse storytelling. This series features work by female playwrights on the Native American, African American, and Chinese American experience. The full series consists of And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of TearsThe Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 and The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

Special Performances
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OPENING NIGHT
Friday, October 18, 2019 | Performance at 7:30 PM

Raise a glass and cheers to the cast and crew at IRT’s Opening Night! After the show, delight in a champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, and a one-time-only chance to explore the set with IRT Artisans.

COOKIES & COFFEE
Thursday, October 24, 2019 | Performance at 2 PM

Before the 2 PM performance, sweeten your afternoon at the IRT with complimentary cookies, coffee and tea served in the lobby.

IRTEA TALK
Sunday, October 27, 2019 | Performance at 2 PM

Stay after the performance to take part in a post-show discussion led by actors, staff and special guests. Learn behind-the-scenes details and additional information about the show and its themes while enjoying tea and cookies courtesy of the IRT.

ASL/AD PERFORMANCE
Sunday, October 27, 2019 | Performance at 2 PM

The IRT offers ASL/AD services to our patrons with vision and hearing needs. Patrons with hearing needs are encouraged to sit in the interpretation zone and meet with the interpreter before the show. We also offer Assisted Listening Devices free of charge at each performance.

To learn more visit irtlive.com/accessibility

HAPPY HOUR
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | Happy Hour starts at 5:30 PM | Performance at 6:30 PM

Start your evening at the Theatre with IRT’s Happy Hour! Beginning at
5:30 PM, sample appetizers and drinks from local distilleries, breweries and more before the performance. Sip, savor, and save with half-price drinks at the bar available throughout the evening.

COOKIES & COFFEE
Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Performance at 2 PM

Before the 2 PM performance, sweeten your afternoon at the IRT with complimentary cookies, coffee and tea served in the lobby.

Cast Members


DeLanna Studi
DELANNA STUDI
Creator & Performer

Creative Team

Corey MaddenDirector
John CoyneScenic Design
Andja BudinchichCostume Design
Norman CoatesLighting & Projection Design
Bruno LouchouarnSound Design
Aimee Lynn PhillipsAssociate Sound Design

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