Where We Belong
The national tour
About the tour
Coming off the successful film adaptation of Where We Belong, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in association with the Folger Shakespeare Library and Beyond Broadway Theatricals is giving audiences around the country a chance to witness Madeline Sayet’s deeply insightful solo show with a national tour of Where We Belong directed by Mei Ann Teo.
In Where We Belong, Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet travels to England in 2015 to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare. Madeline finds a country that refuses to acknowledge its ongoing role in colonialism, just as the Brexit vote threatens to further disengage the UK from the wider world. In this exhilarating solo piece, Madeline echoes a journey to England braved by Native ancestors in the 1700s following treatise betrayals – and forces us to consider what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.
Woolly Mammoth’s Artistic Director Maria Manuela Goyanes says, “I loved Where We Belong from the moment I encountered it. Madeline’s personal history with our country’s suppression of her Indigenous language and culture is heartbreaking, and her reflections strike an exquisite balance of delightful humor and painful truth. The journey she shares speaks directly to our current moment and what it means to belong in our violent and increasingly globalized world. It’s thrilling to finally be able to share it with audiences live and in-person around the United States.”
“Where We Belong is an invitation to all of us to begin our journey to understand the real impact of colonization and erasure of Indigenous peoples and cultures,” says Karen Ann Daniels, the Folger’s Director of Programming and Artistic Director of Folger Theatre. “Madeline offers us her personal history as an entry point to engage learning as individuals, communities, and cultural institutions – we are proud to support this vital conversation.”
Tour schedule (in progress)
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: September 7 – October 29, 2023
Philadelphia Theatre Company: April 15 – May 8, 2022
Goodman Theatre: June 24 – July 24, 2022
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: August 13 – 22, 2022
Seattle Rep: September 9 – October 9, 2022
The Public Theater: October 28 – December 4, 2022
Portland Stage: March 3 – 26, 2023
Colorado Spring Fine Arts Festival: April 13 – 23, 2023
Tickets will be available on each of the presenting organizations’ websites.