This week we read our first play, Manahatta, and discussed the musical Hamilton. Both of these scripts raise important questions about “authenticity” and representation at at least two levels: the level of production (ie casting in Hamilton) and at the level of narrative (in the story told) like the questions about different Snake family members Native identities in Manahatta. Using specific examples (lines, actions, plot points, actors details, etc) discuss how authenticity of identity functions or doesnt function at the level of either production or narrative.

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