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Where We Belong

By Madeline Sayet
Directed by Mei Ann Teo

In association with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Booking and details

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Dates Thu, Feb 15 – Sun, Mar 10, 2024

Tickets $20 – $84

To celebrate and honor members of the Indigenous community, complimentary tickets are available through the entire run of the show to those who identify as part of the community. To redeem this offer, please contact the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077.

Ticket discounts

In 2015, Mohegan theater-maker Madeline Sayet travels to England to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare, where she 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 stirring solo piece, Madeline echoes a journey to England braved by her Native ancestors in the 1700s following treaty betrayals—and forces us to consider what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.

Following its world premiere in June 2021—presented by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library—Where We Belong has enjoyed a successful national tour, with performances at Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Goodman Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Public Theater, Portland Center Stage, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

An earlier version of Where We Belong was produced in London at Richmix and Shakespeare’s Globe in 2019, as part of Border Crossings’ Origins Festival, the UK’s only large-scale multidisciplinary festival of Indigenous arts and culture.

Please note: Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.

Watch the trailer

Conversation with playwright and performer, Madeline Sayet


This production uses flashing lights that may not be suitable for those with sensitivities to light. Please see a visitor experience team member for details.

Content transparency

This production contains depictions of racism and discussions of borders, war, loss of language, residential schools, colonial theft of human remains and repatriation.


Madeline Sayet

Playwright and Performer

Madeline Sayet

Buy the script

Pre-order your copy of Where We Belong (Bloomsbury Publishing) and pick it up at your performance.

Pre-show playlist

Listen to songs from Native artists in this Spotify playlist, created for Where We Belong at The Public Theater.

Related podcast

Madeline Sayet on Where We Belong
Shakespeare Unlimited

Madeline Sayet on Where We Belong


We talk with Madeline Sayet about growing up Mohegan in Connecticut, her evolving relationship with Shakespeare today, and what it means to belong in a complicated world.

Creative team

Mei Ann Teo


Mei Ann Teo

Hao Bai

Production Designer

Hao Bai

Asa Benally

Costume Designer

Asa Benally

Colin K. Bills


Colin K. Bills

Genevieve Dornemann

Assistant Stage Manager

Genevieve Dornemann

Taylor Kiechlin

Production Stage Manager

Taylor Kiechlin

Lisa Nathans

Voice and Text Coach

Lisa Nathans

Emily Preis

Achokayis Standby

Emily Preis

Erik Schilke

Musical Composer & Sound Designer

Erik Schilke

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Folger Theatre Sponsors

With special thanks to
Share Fund

Premier Season Sponsors

Dr. Bill & Evelyn Braithwaite
Andrea “Andi” Kasarsky

Season Sponsors

Helen & David Kenney & Family

Production Sponsors

Nancy & Steve Howard

Contributing Sponsors

Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Gail Kern Paster
Ian Vance
Scott & Liz Vance

Associate Sponsors

Timothy J. Carlton
Rick Kasten
Peter & Mary Jay Michel

Artist Sponsor

Karl K. & Carrol Benner Kindel

Open-Captioned Performance Sponsors

Vinton and Sigrid Cerf


Folger Theatre provides accessible seating, assisted listening devices, and ASL interpretation. Please contact us at or (202) 544–7077 with questions or requests. More information

Relaxed performances

  • Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 2pm

Relaxed performances are designed to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for audiences that may receive and react to information in different ways. The content of the production is the same, but strobes and flashing lights have be removed for these performances.

Please contact with any additional questions.

ASL interpretation

  • Friday, March 1 at 8pm

For information about the best seat locations from which to see the interpreter, contact us at or (202) 544–7077.

Masked performances

  • Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 2pm and 8pm

At the request of many audience members, Folger Theatre has denoted several performances during the 2023|24 season as mask-required by all audience members, staff, and volunteers. If you need a mask, we are happy to provide one to you. Learn more

Open-captioned performances

  • Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 2pm and 7:30pm

Open-captioning makes live theater performances accessible by using a non-intrusive caption board at the front of the stage which scrolls the entire text of the production in real time. For information about the best seat locations from which to see the caption board, contact us at or (202) 544–7077.

Special performances

Celebrating Native Performance

From Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Woolly Mammoth will present Celebrating Native Performance: A Core Partner Welcome on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 PM. Woolly Mammoth’s new Core Partners, Miss Chief Rocka (hoop dancer and performer also known as Lunacee) and Mary Phillips (singer and performer, member of Zotigh Singers and Uptown Singerz), will give performances and speak in group discussions about their artistry. The evening also includes Phillips performing along with the Zotigh Singers and an interactive demonstration on hoop dancing from Miss Chief Rocka.

Woolly Mammoth will also host its first ever 
Native American Art Market on Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Native American artisans and craftspeople will have booths to display and sell their wares — including goods such as beadwork, jewelry, and more. The market is presented in collaboration with Native bead worker, Senajewen. The day will also include two free workshops, soon to be announced.  

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Post show discussion

  • Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:30pm

Join us after the show for a free conversation with the cast moderated by Mary Kathryn Nagle.

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