According to Coyote
In Native American lore, Coyote, the trickster, is a character full of fun and rich with meaning. He plays tricks on the rocks, dances with the stars, and creates the tribes. Whether it’s learning how people came to possess fire or how they came to be, Coyote is at the heart of the story. In the tradition of great legends that have been passed from people to people and generation to generation, According to Coyote brings you the tales that helped shape the world around us.
SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell says, “This is some of the most eloquent and elegant storytelling you will ever experience. It is haunting, funny, spellbinding theatre, full of beauty and play. And it is an honor to bring you a glimpse of Native American lore on our stage.”
According to Coyote was written by John Kauffmanunder commission from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and premiered as part of their Imagination Celebration 1987. Kauffman brought the show to SCT as part of the 1988-89 season before his passing in 1990.
SCT chose Gene Tagaban for this season’s remount. Tagaban is an accomplished and gifted speaker, storyteller, actor, dancer, musician, and trainer. His heritage is Cherokee, Tlingit, and Filipino. He is of the Tak’deintaan Raven Freshwater Sockeye clan of Hoonah, Alaska, and the Child of a Wooshkeetaan Eagle Shark clan of Juneau, Alaska. Tagaban has twenty years experience as a performing artist, speaker, trainer, and motivator: he was presented with Whatcom County’s Peace Builders Award; a featured presenter for the City of Seattle’s Naturalization Ceremony; a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival; played a lead role in Sherman Alexie’s The Business of Fancydancing; played the lead in Shadow of the Salmon, produced by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission; played Banquo and the Doctor in Macbeth, produced by Perseverance Theatre; is a reporter for Northwest Indian News; and is currently performing his one-man show One Crazy Raven.
Director Sheila Daniels has been creating theatre as a director, actor, teacher, and producer in Seattle since 1994. She is the Associate Director of INTIMAN Theatre, and the Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Theater Under Ground. Directing credits include Pericles (Seattle Shakespeare Company); Crime and Punishment (Theater UnderGround/CHAC); Waiting for Lefty, God's Country, Arcadia (CHAC); The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Strawberry Theatre Workshop); Rhoda: A Life in Stories (Book-It); The Last State (On the Boards); and Anaphylaxis (Throwing Bones - Artistic Pick of 2003 Seattle Fringe Festival). She has been teaching Acting and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration at Cornish College of the Arts since 1998.
Other members of the production’s artistic staff include Costumer Designer Lee Dombroski, Lighting Designer Tim Wratten, Scenic Designer Don Yanik, and Sound Designer/Composer Chris Walker.