"★★★★"

(out of 4)
Chicago Tribune

June 24 - July 24, 2022 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 90 minutes with no intermission

An Indigenous theatre-maker journeys across geographic borders, personal history, and cultural legacies; in search of a place to belong.

In 2015, Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet travels to England 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 intimate and 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.

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

 

Please note: masks must be worn while inside the theater and children under 5 are not permitted. For a full list of Health and Safety protocols, visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Protocols.

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Critical Praise
  • A "powerful one-woman performance...★★★★ (out of 4)."

    - Chicago Tribune

  • “Madeline Sayet proves herself to be a powerful and magnetic storyteller...She packs a punch with this play.”

    - BroadwayWorld

  • “Mei Ann Teo’s direction… set[s] Sayet’s soaring soliloquies among the clouds and cosmos.”

    - Washington Post

  • "Witnessing that kind of passion for storytelling on stage is a kind of theater magic."

    - BroadwayWorld

  • Where We Belong "will inspire and demand your utmost attention, from beginning to end.”

    - Times Square Chronicles

  • "Sayet is a captivating storyteller and an important voice."

    - Chicago Tribune

Audience Feedback
  • It was a wonderful experience. Highly recommend to everyone!!

    Anne W. via Facebook

  • A moving telling of an important story.

    @Kelsey_Ridge via Twitter

  • You come away seeing the world in a different way. Don't miss it!

    @comunidadysalu1 via Twitter

  • Amazing Show!! Everyone in Chicago, go see Where We Belong.

    @dchitto via Instagram

  • It was very impressive! She didn’t miss a beat for 90 minutes!

    Barbara G. via Facebook

Artists
  • Madeline Sayet

    Madeline Sayet Playwright/Performer

  • Mei Ann Teo

    Mei Ann Teo Director

  • Emily Preis

    Emily Preis Standby for Madeline Sayet

  • Hao Bai

    Hao Bai Production Designer

  • Asa Benally

    Asa Benally Costume Designer

  • Erik Schilke

    Erik Schilke Composer & Sound Designer

  • Grace Chariya

    Grace Chariya Stage Manager

  • Vera Starbard

    Vera Starbard Dramaturg

  • Megan Coffel

    Megan Coffel Technical Director

  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

    Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

  • Folger Shakespeare Library

    Folger Shakespeare Library

Special Events
  • The Sweetest Season: Indigenous Spoken Word and Song

    The Sweetest Season: Indigenous Spoken Word and Song

    Monday, July 18 at 7pm

    Since time immemorial, Chicago has been a meeting place for Native peoples. With words of wisdom, stories, and histories old and new, we expand traditions of performance with an evening of music, dance, and spoken word, featuring local Indigenous artists in a program curated by Vincent Romero (Laguna Pueblo), presented by the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.

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    We Are Still Here: A Celebration of Native and Indigenous Art

    As part of our monthlong celebration of Indigenous artistry on and off stage, we invite you to arrive early and experience a special exhibition in the Goodman's lobby featuring the work of Chicago based Indigenous artists Jim Terry, Paola Seeley and Noelle Garcia.

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Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour* and Audio-Described Performance
Sunday, July 17
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance
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American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Saturday, July 23 at 2pm
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Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Sunday, July 24 at 2pm
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Spanish Caption Spanish Subtitles Performance
Friday, July 15 at 8pm
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*Touch Tours for the 2021/2022 Season will not have access to the stage due to current health and safety protocols, but will feature alternate pre-show sensory introductions.

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