Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program: 'From the Old Wood Forest'

4.24.24 | 7:30pm–10pm

9th Annual New Native Play Festival

April 24, 2024 | 7:30pm–10pm |
The Dome


The Dome is located on the third floor of Yale Schwarzman Center, 168 Grove Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Free and open to the public. 

Yale advance registration opens Friday, April 12 at 10am EST.
Public registration opens Saturday, April 13 at 10am EST.


From the Old Wood Forest - By Sierra Rosetta (Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa) [Winner of this year's Young Native Playwrights Contest] | Directed by Tara Moses (Seminole). In the late 1960s, Annie Ford and Elwood Morris classically meet and fall in love at their annual high school dance. Annie is from an old-school white family, while Elwood, his brother, and aunt are the only Native Americans living in their rural Wisconsin town. The two families intertwine as tension mounts over Annie and Elwood’s relationship, generational trauma, and unforeseeable tragedy. Based on the true story of the playwright's paternal grandparents.

The Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP) promotes and cultivates Indigenous storytelling and performance to further authentic representation across New Haven community and the arts field. The YIPAP 9th Annual New Native Play Festival presents developmental readings of works by acclaimed professional Native playwrights as well as the winning play submitted to the Young Native Playwrights Contest. Join us for one or more of this year's readings: