A New Play: Squatters on Red Earth









On Friday June 9 and Saturday June 10 a wonderful play will be on stage that you don’t want to miss: Squatters on Red Earth.

From the author, Mary Swander: “The Europeans looked at the Midwestern landscape as nothing more than a bunch of weeds. But underneath the weeds, they discovered rich, black soil, soil that could grow an abundance of food. So, they drained the wetlands, plowed and planted without thought of losing this precious topsoil through erosion or mismanagement. They shot bison out of train windows for sport, fenced the land, and grazed cattle.

In contrast, I read about the Indigenous people and their ecological and sophisticated systems of agriculture, from the ways they harvested game, to the ways they created complex irrigation systems in the desert, to their floating gardens in the middle of lakes in Mexico.”

June 9, 8:00 PM, Amana Performing Arts Center, Amana, IA. (39 38th Ave., Amana, IA.)

June 10, 2:00 and 7:00 PM, Wieting Theatre, Toledo, IA. (134 S. Church, Toledo, IA.)

These performances are free and open to the public (free-will donations accepted.) Tickets­­­–first come, first serve–at the door. Or, to reserve free tickets, put “Tickets” in the subject line and email agartsoffice@gmail.com

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