I was introduced to “Distant Thunder” written by Lynne and Shaun Taylor-Corbett by our mutual publicist, Joe Trentacosta. I immediately understood the importance of getting their work produced in this country now since it could have a huge impact on what it is to be a Native American in contemporary America. The commitment to preserve language and continue traditions while stepping into the future is more difficult when most Native American feel ignored and cast aside. This is an enormous challenge of which most Americans are totally unaware.
I am of mixed heritage and have long been an advocate for Native causes. As a result of having portrayed diverse Native characters in film and television, I have been adopted into both the Cheyanne and Lakota tribes and was honored by naming ceremonies in their respective tongues. It would give me great pride to see “Distant Thunder” produced, a contemporary Native story brought to life on stages across the country.
Through art comes understanding; through understanding comes change.