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Elaine Patterson and Raven Bellefleur. Photo by Rob Levine.

Average Family

Larissa FastHorse, playwright


67 pgs. 3 female, 7 male
Originally produced in CTC’s 2007-08 season
Run Time: 1 hour, 21 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 9+


Two families. One reality TV show. Who will survive three months as an 1840’s frontier family on the Minnesota prairie? Will it be the urbane Roubidouxs from Minneapolis? Or the no-nonsense, live-off-the-land Monroes, from the North Shore? Soon enough, both families find they’ve more to overcome than just the elements. It’s an adventure (all caught on confession cam!) fraught with laughable predicaments and harrowing incidents. And when one family reconnects with their Dakota culture, it leads to startling revelations for all, inspiring the true spirit of generosity.

“[Larissa FastHorse] smartly uproots many of the stereotypes surrounding American Indians…The playwright is breaking new ground here, and, in the process, establishing new life in theater.” Twin Cities StarTribune

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
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They Dance Mysteriously Under the Sun Thank You Song by Frank W. Chartrand


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