The Secret Life of Ms.Oatman
written and performed by Zuzka Sabata
The Secret Life of Ms.Oatman enjoyed a successful performance for an audience of 200+ locals in Oatman, AZ., sponsored by the Oatman Chamber of Commerce.
Special Thanks to Bobby Mursick for making this happen!
- a new play about events in the life of historical figure Olive Oatman who was
adopted by the Mohave Tribe in 1852. Zuzka set out in writing and producing this play in primarily rural areas to both exercise her belief and joy in engaging audiences in socially aware dialogue and bringing high-quality, original theatre to rural communities who rarely have access to such.
- since it's premier in 2015, Zuzka has developed a relationship with Mohave tribal members at the Aha Macav Cultural Society whom she visited in Arizona three times on 2018 to introduce herself and her work, sharing the script-in-progress and discussing the cultural and social aspects of the play.
- in the spring of 2019 Zuzka visited the Aha Macav Cultural Society for the 4th time and performed The Secret Life of Ms.Oatman to a small audience of tribal members, as well as holding a renegade showing for local whites in the front yard of an Oatman residence.
- Zuzka's ambition is to perform the play, with approval from the Aha Macav Cultural Society, to communities around the Mohave Valley, where the historical events of the play took place, including the historical mining town of Oatman, now a colorful tourist destination which profits in part by associating itself with Olive Oatman's fantastic story. There are several public displays in town which reference the story but are culturally and historically inaccurate. Zuzka's dream is to update these public displays to represent a more balanced cultural and historical portrait of Oatman's experiences with the Mohave Tribe.
The development of this project has been generously supported by the Humboldt Area Foundation
and the Puffin Foundation
Oct.19th, 2019 Oatman Fire Station. Oatman, AZ
May 2nd, 2019 Ahamacav Cultural Society Mohave Valley, AZ
April 26th, 2019 private residence Oatman, AZ
July 11th, 2018 Cockroach Theatre Co. Las Vegas, NV
May 17th-19th, 2018 Mendocino Theatre Co. Mendocino, Ca.
For a private invited audience of Wiyot Tribal members:
April 12th, 2017 Carlo Theatre Dell'Arte International Blue Lake, Ca.
Nov. 4th & 5th, 2016 Carlo Theatre Dell'Arte International Blue Lake, Ca.
Oct. 6th, 2017 Studio 299 Willow Creek, Ca.
The Humboldt Talkback Tour 2016:
Thursday 8/18 The Arcata Playhouse
Friday 8/19 Synapsis, 47 West 3rd, Eureka
Saturday 8/20 Westhaven Center for the Arts, Trinidad
Friday 8/26 The Sanctuary, 1301 J St, Arcata
Saturday 8/27 Mattole Valley Community Center
Sunday 8/28 Beginnings, Briceland
April 28th, 2016 Higher Ground Community Center Bend, OR
July 1st, 2015 "MadLab" Carlo Theatre Dell'Arte International Blue Lake, Ca.