Where We Belong

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AN INDIGENOUS THEATRE-MAKER
JOURNEYS ACROSS GEOGRAPHIC BORDERS,
PERSONAL HISTORY, AND CULTURAL LEGACIES
IN SEARCH OF A PLACE TO BELONG.

In 2015, Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet travels to England to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare. Madeline finds a country that refuses to acknowledge its ongoing role in colonialism, just as the Brexit vote threatens to further disengage the UK from the wider world. In this intimate and exhilarating solo piece, Madeline echoes a journey to England braved by Native ancestors in the 1700s following treatise betrayals—and forces us to consider what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.

“among the great artistic achievements during the pandemic”
—Broadway World

“Mei Ann Teo’s direction… set[s] Sayet’s soaring soliloquies among the clouds and cosmos.”
—Washington Post

“Sayet cycles through anecdotes with pathos and a playful charm”
—Washington Post

“An important story — thought-provoking, respectful, and alive.”
—MD Theatre Guide

“Graceful, humorous, angry, and reflective”
—DC Metro Theater Arts

“There are stories of her mother, her elders, her responses to Shakespeare, and the ways she believes that her culture’s insights can transform theater”
—DC Metro Theater Arts

“impeccable and well crafted”
—Front Mezz Junkies

“will inspire and demand your upmost attention, from beginning to end”
—Times Square Chronicles

“Sayet skillfully addresses language, heritage, and what it means to be a being in constant flight.”
—Metro Weekly

“Where We Belong tells [the tale] with grace and humanity”
—Metro Weekly

“honest in a raw, brave sort of way.”
—DC Trending

“always keeping the audience intrigued is a testament to Sayet’s finesse as a playwright and performer.”
—Theatrely

“A gifted storyteller and actress” … “truly soars.”
—Free Lance-Star

“Beautifully reimagined for an online performance.”
—Washington Blade