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  • Title: Indian Summer 1995:
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:58:30
  • Language: English
  • Date: 3 Jun 1995
  • Location: Performed at The American Indian Community House, New York City.
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Nicole Benett, Murielle Borst, Vicky Ramirez, Shaun Finnerty, Carrese Gullo, Pura Fe, Soni Moreno
  • Credits: American Indian Community House, producer ; American Indian Youth Theater Project, creator ; Ulali, creator ; Steve Elm, director ; Pura Fe & Soni Moreno, directors

Indian Summer 1995: Indian 101 and Ulali

Indian 101 is a dark comedy about a class of Indians with literary aspirations. Set in an adult writing class a few days before Christmas, the students decide to have class as usual despite the teacher's absence. The result is both hilarious and tragic as the critique of work soon degrades into criticism of each other and ends in all out war. Indian 101 was written by the Fourplay Theater Company. Director Steve Elm, formally a Fourplay Company member, later adapted Indian 101 for the American Indian Youth Theater Project. The Theater Project is a part of the American Indian Community House Youth Council, which serves as a cultural and social outlet for Native American Youth concerned with current issues facing the Native community.

Following the play is a performance by two members of the a capella women's group Ulali (Pura Fe and Soni Moreno). 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 Theatre, University of Manchester (England), the American Indian Community House Youth Theatre Project, and was a founding member of Chuka Lokoli Native Theatre Ensemble in New York City. Ulali, formerly known as Pura Fe (a seven member group) is an a cappella women's trio that features Pura Fe (Tuscarora), Soni Moreno (Apache/Mayan) and Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora). Ulali blends a variety of traditional and contemporary indigenous music of the Americas and incorporate political, social and personal issues affecting all human beings. This evening only two members Pura and Soni perform a set of their own songs.