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  • Title: American Indian Youth Theater Project: My Ugly child
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:48:15
  • Language: English
  • Date: 1994
  • Location: Performed at The American Indian Community House, New York City.
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Nicole Bennet, Nikole Stetz, Muriel Borst, John Dreher, Sean Colorado.
  • Credits: American Indian Community House, producer ; American Indian Youth Theater Project, creator ; Steve Elm, director, playwright ; Karen Soto,

American Indian Youth Theater Project: My Ugly Child

My Ugly Child tells the story of a displaced young Native American woman, drug and HIV sick, who comes to realize that all she knows about being Indian is through what she sees in popular culture, most notably in Hollywood films. On her journey to the Happy Hollywood Hunting Grounds, she meets stock Indian characters that promise to teach her how to be a real Hollywood Indian. This performance was developed by the American Indian Youth Theater Project (a part of the American Indian Youth Council) with special assistance from Karen Soto, and was written and directed by Steve Elm. Steve Elm (Oneida), editor of AMERINDA's Talking Stick Native Arts Quarterly, has worked in the arts on both sides of the Atlantic. Trained at London's Rose Bruford College, Steve has appeared as an actor in film, television and on the stage. He has worked as a playwright and director with London's Common Body Theater, University of Manchester (England), the American Indian Community House Youth Theater Project, and was a founding member of Chuka Lokoli Native Theater Ensemble in New York City.