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Vickie Ramirez
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A Tuscarora woman, who was born outside of her Clan, and therefore outside of Longhouse tradition, struggles to find her place on her very traditional reservation.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (3 female, 5 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“… the play is an exploration of who belongs where, and how, and why, told through a tale of family and community tensions … as with any good play, there are no easy answers; only big, complicated questions to wrestle with.” —Robert A K Gonyo, Go See A Show

About the Author


  • Vickie Ramirez

    Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora, Six Nations of the Grand River) is a founding member of Chukalokoli Theater. Her work has been developed and/or produced at Native Voices at the Autry, Alter Theater, The Public Theater, The Roundabout Theatre Company, and Labyrinth Theater Company. Honors: Resident-New Dramatists through 2027, Winner – 2020 Smith Prize for Political Theater (NNPN), The Kilroys - Honorary Mention 2019 for PURE NATIVE and 2014 for STANDOFF AT HWY#37, Semi-finalist – Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2019, Semi-finalist Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference 2018, Alumna – Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group (2009). Productions: PURE NATIVE – Alter Theater (Summer 2022) and Native Voices at the Autry, STANDOFF AT HWY#37 – NV Autry and the University of South Dakota, GLENBURN 12 WP – Summer Shorts at 59E59, SMOKE – Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group at Pershing Square Signature Center. Published: Monologues for Actors of Color: Women , Monologues for Actors of Color: Men and Contemporary Plays by Women of Color Edition 2: (Routledge Press), GLENBURN 12 WP – Short Plays: Vol 1 (TRW press). Member: Dramatists Guild, PEN America Consultant: Outer Range for Amazon TV

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 7/28/2023
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881459845

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

SMOKE was first produced by Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group
(Danielle Soames, Artistic Director) at The Studio Theatre
at The Pershing Square Signature Center,
New York, in April 2013.

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Smoke is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC