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Trinity Rep playwright to discuss Native American theater at URI's Feinstein Providence Campus

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 874-4500

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- January 29, 2004 -- The University of Rhode Island's Feinstein Providence Campus will host William S. Yellow Robe Jr., playwright-in-residence at the Trinity Repertory Theater, on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Paff Auditorium located on the campus at 80 Westminster St. Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by URI's Center for the Humanities and the Feinstein College of Continuing Education Student Services office.

Yellow Robe will speak about "Duality of the Self: Intertribal Indigenous Theater in America" and discuss the development and the literary vision of No Borders Theater Company, which began as an outlet for Indian playwrights and actors. He also will perform several of his one-act plays that examine the ways in which Indian cultures have been portrayed by non-natives, as well as his connection to his own storytelling tradition.

Yellow Robe is an accomplished actor, director, playwright, instructor, and consultant. In 1999 his play, "Independence of Eddie Rose" was published in Seventh Generation: New Native American Plays by Theatre Communications Group, Inc. In May 1999, Wakiknabe Theatre Company staged several performances of Yellow Robe's play "The Council" in New York at the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institute).

For More Information: Alexia Kosmider, 277-5220