Some wounds refuse to heal. Mary Kathryn Nagle’s daring new work, which debuts as the fourth production in Arena Stage’s Power Plays initiative, travels the intersections of personal and political truths, historic and present struggles. Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation’s jurisdiction, must confront the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. With shadows stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) and Andrew Jackson’s White House to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma, Sovereignty asks how high the flames of anger can rise before they ultimately consume the truth

Presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Show Type
Running Time
135 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$55 - $90

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 202-488-3300

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 01/12/2018 - 02/18/2018
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Important Dates


  • 01/27/2018 - 2:00pm

Open Caption

  • 02/01/2018 - 8:00pm
  • 02/14/2018 - 7:30pm
  • 02/17/2018 - 2:00pm
Performer Role
Andrew Roa Major Ridge/Roger Ridge
Kyla Garcia Sarah Polson
Kalani Queypo John Ridge
Joseph Carlson Andrew Jackson/Ben
Dorea Schmidt Sally/Flora
Jake Waid John Ross/Jim Ross
Jake Hart Elias Boudinot/Watie
Michael Glenn Samuel Worcester/Mitch
Todd Scofield White Chorus Man
Production Personnel
Mary Kathryn Nagle
Molly Smith
Costume Designer
Linda Cho
Set Designer
Ken MacDonald
Sound Designer
Ed Littlefield
Lighting Designer
Robert Wierzel
Projections/Media Designer
Mark Holthusen


Arena Stage - The Kreeger Theater
1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
About the Venue:
The Kreeger Theater, a 514-seat, fan-shaped space with a modified thrust stage, is updated with current technology and amenities, while retaining the qualities that make it one of the most artist- and audience-friendly spaces in the country: extraordinary flexibility, excellent acoustics, flawless sightlines and remarkably intimate interaction between actor and audience.

Getting There

  • Waterfront-SEU (Green Line)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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