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MJC Theatre staging ‘The Rez Sisters’

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POSTED April 29, 2014 10:40 p.m.

MODESTO — The Modesto Junior College Theatre Department presents “The Rez Sisters” directed by Lynette Borrelli-Glidewell, with performances on May 29, 30 and 31 and June 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee at 2 p.m. on June 7 in the Little Theatre of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus.

 This award winning play, by Native American playwright Tomson Highway, portrays seven women from a Canadian Indian reservation attempting to beat the odds at the biggest bingo event in the world. The Rez Sisters is a hilarious, thoughtful, mystical and powerful creative work focusing on the Native American voice. The work exposes the highs and lows of life on a reservation. 

 The cast includes Veronica Espinosa as Pelajia Patchnose; Cecilia Rodriguez in the role of Philomena Moosetail; Dahlia Martinez playing Marie-Adele Starblanket; Rachel Pearre as Annie Cook; Hannah Hoxie playing Emily Dictionary; Kendra Griffith in the role of Veronique St. Pierre; Shelby Keathley as Zhaboonigan Peterson, and Noah Thompson as Nanabush the Spirit Dancer.

Costumes will be designed by Anne Shanto and Ty Helton will provide scenic and lighting design, with Patrick Johnson and Ethan Katchel serving as assistant set designers for the production.

Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 general admission and are available in advance online at or at the door 90 minutes prior to show time.

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