Plays can be read on New Play Exchange
In 2015, Mohegan Theater Maker Madeline Sayet travelled to England to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare, but her voyage across the ocean became an unexpected journey of transformation. Riding the spirit wind of her Mohegan ancestors who crossed the Atlantic in the 1700s on diplomatic missions to protect her people, Where We Belong is a search for belonging in a globalized world. It is at once a rich investigation into the impulses that divide and connect us as people, but it is also about a wolf that learns how to become a bird and fly.
5 STAR REVIEW OF WHERE WE BELONG AT SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE!
(Written and Performed by Madeline Sayet)
“Not only is Sayet joyfully emotional, real, and incredibly funny, she is a euphoric storyteller, with an important story and explication on cultural authority and experience to tell.” - AsktheUshers
Daughters of Leda
Originally created as a response to media narrative for the 2013 Women Center Stage Festival at The Culture Project. The story investigates just what History we are being told.
As the seasons change and Persephone returns to the underworld, a mortal girl arrives at the same time asking questions that turn history upside down. The Fates have a game up their sleeve - they are tired, they need a vacation. But in order to leave, they have to give the stories they exploited back. In a whirlwind of events, Adam & Eve, Leda & the Swan, Helen, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, and Electra all come together to choose their own destinies and finally tell their side of the stories that have instilled fear of feminine knowledge for far too long.
Who Flies Apart
Fidelia Fielding (Jeets Bodernasha/Flying Bird) (1827-1908) was the last fluent speaker of the Mohegan Pequot language. The diaries she wrote in have been used in the reconstruction of the Mohegan and other related languages. A loner and the last to continue to live in a traditional Mohegan log dwelling, she continued to exist in a world that those around her had forgotten. Today, she is a hero. Who Flies Apart explores the thoughts of Fidelia, in contrast with the contemporary Mohegan experience. A story of what has been lost, what has been regained and what we hold on to in order to stay true to ourselves and our families.
When Words Aren't Enough
In a post-apocalyptic world without laughter - everyone knows something important is missing. But, everyone in the village who can actually remember what it was is gone. All they have left now are the stories of what was taken a long time ago. Following the sudden death of her brother, Acokayis is visited by a spirit. A spirit who knows what is missing and sends Acho on a journey to restore that thing we are never quite human without.
A comic one act play, riffing off of the continued struggles of Shakespeare's Rosalind, Viola, and Portia in current times
"Imagining Forward" by Madeline Sayet
published as part of The Critical Companion to Native American and First Nations Theatre and Performance
from Bloomsbury (Available February 2020)
"You Ask Too Many Questions" by Madeline Sayet
Published as part of "Stages of Resistance" by NoPassport Press
"Could You Love Me?" by Madeline Sayet
A short play being published as part of After Orlando Theater Action
"When the Whippoorwill Calls" A short story by Madeline Sayet
Published by University of Nebraska Press as part of Dawnland Voices: Writing from Indigenous New England
"The Dreams We Make" Article by Madeline Sayet
Published by TCG (Theatre Communications Group) as part of Audience Revolutions: Dispatches from the Field