It's difficult to look at the history of our country in the nineteenth century without an abiding sense of shame over what was done to the first Americans. The Cherokee nation's fate on the infamous Trail of Tears stands as one of the very worst episodes in the long saga of crimes perpetrated against Native Americans by the U.S. government. Kathryn Schultz Miller's play Trail of Tears interprets the tragic story for a young, grade-school audience. Her hero figure, a young Cherokee named Chosen One, along with his wife, Snow Owl, and his father, Walking Bear, valiantly tries to save his people but is defeated over and over by the more powerful forces of empty promises and outright lies. The play is performed by the Imaginary Theatre Company at 10 a.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (March 25 through April 3) at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). Tickets are $5 to $6.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: March 25. Continues through April 3, 2011