CAST OF SPIRITS 2016
A Living History Project of the Tulsa Historical Society and Daughters of the American Revolution
Performances are afternoons and evenings of October 27-28, 2016
Contact: Lane Dolly at 918-619-9750; LDOLLY8073@aol.com
Auditions: Sept 13 & 15 at 6:30pm, Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria
Revered members of the Muscogee Creek Nation will be featured by four actors in 10 minute monologues. These memorable individuals tell the story of the MCN, their lives after removal, and their work in the founding of Tulsa. All are buried in the historic Perryman Cemetery in Tulsa.
Roles to be Cast
(GEORGE PERRYMAN) Male. 40 + years old. Native American/Muscogee Creek. Dark hair with greying temples. George’s whiskers are grown into a scrubby beard and mustache. The husband of Rachel, he is an energetic, hard-working cattle rancher. Called the “Cattle King” he was also a community visionary. George is comfortable in the saddle or negotiating with railroad men. Costume: He wears a suit with a button-up vest, a rumpled white shirt and a large, dark hat that was either a sugar-loaf sombrero or a Texas hat with a wide brim…not a cowboy hat. His boots have a cowboy heel and he wears chaps and spurs. His prop is his saddle, which he throws over his grave stone, and a coarse, well-used saddle blanket.
(RACHEL PERRYMAN) Female. 40 + years old. Native American/Muscogee Creek. Dark hair parted in the middle and some partially pulled back to the nape of her neck. The wife of George, she is a strong, capable, motherly woman with a twinkle in her eye and a vinegary attitude at times. She ran a virtual one woman orphanage and was a healer. Costume: She wears a calico dress with a dark background that features a standing ruffled collar, long full sleeves gathered at the wrist, and a long white apron tied at the waist. Lace-up boots with pointed toes complete her costume. Her props are her rocking chair, in which she is seated beside the grave stone, some ears of drying corn, and a sewing basket of colored thread on wooden spools. She is hand-sewing quilt squares.
(HANNAH ALEXANDER) Female. 55 + years old, but looks much older. Native American/Muscogee Creek. Grey/silver hair, preferably long and wrapped around her head. The mother of Rachel, she is a weathered woman for her age. Hannah is both warm and soft spoken in character, yet uncompromisingly serious about the removal story of her people. She is dressed in the garments of the generations before her daughter: shoes are deerskin moccasins, dress is a combination of buckskin and rough fabric woven from tree bark, grasses, or reeds. Hannah holds her resourceful tool, a stone blade, the traditional tool for cooking, skinning, tanning leather, making clothes, shaping bows, carving, preparing medicines, and for protection. Her props are the stone blade and a kettle for cooking outdoors. Beside her are some crocks/baskets/pots and cut logs stacked to build a fire.
(SAMUEL TUCKER) Male. 60 + years old. African American. He has short, greying hair and a partial beard. Born in Virginia, he was a slave before emancipation made him a Creek Freedman after the Civil War. He is physically strong in size, but in posture he looks weary. His personality is straightforward, wise, and he grows philosophical with bits of humor as he tells the unusual story about his lost gravestone. Samuel’s clothing is that of a slave. His loosely fitting shirt is made of roughly woven cloth and his breeches are dark. He is barefoot standing beside his props which are rope, shovel, scythe, hoe, and hammer on a low wood bench.