By Amanda Haines, Communications Specialist
In Stick Soup, A Steilacoom Indian Story, the spring production of Pierce College’s theatre program, Alexandra is a girl struggling to find her place in the local community. She leans on her grandfather and the deep storytelling tradition that defines her community for guidance and acceptance.
The play was written by Danny K. Marshall and his daughter, Lacie B. Deck. Both are leaders in the Steilacoom Indian Tribe. Stick Soup is the result of a personal mission that began as a way to provide a medium for young native storytellers to display their talent.
“The metamorphosis from reality to story and back to reality is all a part of the soup created by the community in which we all discover our own place in the story of life,” explained Marshall, who also directs the Pierce College production. “This play provides the audience an education about the Steilacoom Indian Tribe, but we are hoping that they are so entertained by the performance that they don’t discover they have learned an important life lesson until it is all over… and yet just the beginning of their own role.”
Showtime is 7 p.m. May 20, 21, 27, and 28. There will also be two family matinee performances at 2 p.m. May 22 and 29.
Tickets are now available for all shows. Cost is $2 for students and $3 for everyone else. Call (253) 964-6710 to make reservations. The theater is located at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.