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Robert/Tamanend (Supporting)

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Production Details

Casting "Manahatta" by Mary Kathryn Nagle.

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Male, ages 50-69, Native American

Role Description

Robert/Tamanend: (Supporting) Robert is a Delaware Lenape elder, Jane and Debra's father, proud, stubborn, set in his ways, still holds fast to his history and tradition, and is hesitant to try new things, explaining that “Indians don’t.” He would never stoop to asking for help or charity from anyone—not even his family. A gifted storyteller, he loves to tell the stories that have been passed down by his ancestors. Loves his daughters, and is frustrated that his age and his inability to adapt to the increasingly unfamiliar world around him prevent him from being able to take care of them. Tamanend is a Lenape elder, living in Manahatta in the 1600’s, wise, even tempered, humble, desires to live in peace with the settlers, and to share with them the abundant resources that his people enjoy. The leader of a people who live communally, valuing relationships over property, he has no understanding of the settlers’ ideas of ownership and commerce. When it becomes clear that the settlers are threatening not only his community’s way of life, but the lives of his people, it is up to him to make difficult decisions in order to keep his family and his community safe.


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