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Peltier's "My Life is My Sun Dance" Boulder

February 16, 2007Contact: Theatre13, Rebecca Brown Adelman, 303.931.8828 or

Theatre13 presents the world premiere of "My Life Is My Sun Dance"written by Leonard Peltier with Harvey ArdenRun dates: March 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and April 1stTimes: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 3:30 p.m.$25 general admission, $10 Sunday matineeThursday night performances are buy one ticket get one freeTickets can be purchased online,, at the museum, or by calling, 303.443.2122Boulder, Colo.­ Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Theatre13, and Warrior Artists Productions are proud to present the world premiere of the staged adaptation of "Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance" written by imprisoned human rights activist Leonard Peltier with Harvey Arden. Convicted of murder in 1976, Peltier has been incarcerated for thirty-one years. Many believe that he was unjustly convicted and unfairly imprisoned. In 1999 he published "Prison Writings" a collection of essays, poetry and reflections on more than thirty years of activism from behind prison walls. Peltier's play is a deeply moving account of one man's struggle to survive prison life while working for healing, forgiveness and fair treatment within an inherently flawed justice system.Numerous peace activists, Nobel Prize Laureates, celebrities, scholars, legal experts and organizations continue to call for Peltier's immediate release. Among them, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rev. Desmond Tutu, the late Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Robert Redford, Rev. Jessie Jackson, and Coretta Scott King. This list is but a fraction of those who continue to advocate for Peltier's release."His case is perhaps the prime example of the American government's continuing failure to resolve its longstanding mistreatment of Native America," says Theatre13's co-managing director Judson Webb. Webb and Paul Soderman of Warrior Artists, the producers of "My Life Is My Sun Dance," say they are compelled to give voice to the story of this man's struggle to serve his people. "Our hope is that the U.S. government will take responsibility for its mistakes and be the government we expect it to be, a government that seeks justice rather than vengeance," says Webb.The show will open on March 15, 2007 at 7 p.m. at BMoCA, 1750 13th Street. Performances will run March 15,16,17,18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and April 1. There will be no preview. The Sunday performances will be matinees with curtain at 3:30 p.m. Ticket prices will be general admission $25.00. Thursday ticket prices are two for one with curtain at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00 p.m. All Sunday matinees are $10.00. Theatre13 will host a closing reception on Sunday, April 1 immediately following the final performance.Doug Foote, who plays Peltier, dances for the sheer joy of the dance. His Lakota tribal name is Wiyaka Waste (pronounced Wee-ah-kah Wash-tay), translated as "Beautiful Feather." Raised on Standing Rock Indian Reservation­home to Sitting Bull­Foote is a fluent speaker of the Lakota language, a champion Fancy Dancer and master Native singer. He served in the US Army Reserve completing two tours in Iraq during 2003 and 2004. Doug now attends Red Rocks Community College, working towards a degree in counseling. "I believe in peace and intend to promote peace and unity with all people. I live to be a loving father to my children and a good and loving man to others. This is how I was raised and is what I believe in. Through our Lakota ways I believe in me and in life. Mitakue Oyasin.""My Life is My Sun Dance" is directed by Cathie Quigley-Soderman. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and in 1990 completed her MFA in directing at Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts. She then went on to direct classical and new plays in theaters throughout New York City, followed by several years working in the Los Angeles film industry, assisting Warner Brothers' director Richard Donner. Quigley-Soderman also has written four original screenplays.Quigley-Soderman, along with her husband Paul, are co-founders of Warrior Artists Productions, a comprehensive production company and record label dedicated to discovering, developing and producing audio recordings and documentary style films of gifted musicians who are recovering from alcoholism. All profits from the performances will go to the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.Theatre13, dedicated to the spirit of collaboration, is committed to an ever-deepening exploration of the theatrical experience. We seek to engage and inspire the audience, provide a nurturing home for artists, and contribute a stylistically diverse body of contemporary and original work. For a complete biography on members of Theatre13, please visit the museum website, www.bmoca.orgThe Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is a dynamic venue dedicated to the presentation of significant art of our time. Through an innovative program of regional, national and international exhibition and performance, the museum inspires and educates its communities and visitors from around the world to explore the forefront and evolution of contemporary art.The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 1750 13th Street in downtown Boulder, Colorado. Museum hours starting February are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm; Sunday noon to 3pm; closed Monday. Regular museum admission is $5 for adults; $4 for students and seniors. Free to museum members and children under 12.Tickets for "Prison Writings" can be purchased online at, at the museum, or by calling 303.443.2122. More information about Theatre13 and their season two performances can be found on the museum's website, additional information, photo and interview opportunities please contact Rebecca Brown Adelman, 303.931.8828.

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