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According To Coyote

May 12 - 14

Poncho Forum

Playwright John Kauffman was a former Seattle Rep company member who was set to perform According to Coyote in 1990, but the planned production was canceled due to his untimely passing. John was a major part of the Native theater group Red Earth, and his inspiration and legacy among his friends and colleagues led directly to the formation of Red Eagle Soaring in Seattle. Now, According to Coyote is being revived with performer Kellen Trenal and will play in the PONCHO Forum at Seattle Rep. 

From Kauffman's niece, Josephine Keefe:

"According to Coyote is an anthology of stories from the Plateau tribes presented in monodramatic form; a single actor bringing together in confluence music, dance, and performance. First performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1987 by my late uncle John Kauffman, playwright of this timeless piece, I was two years old at the time and would never have the opportunity to see my uncle perform Coyote live before his passing in 1990. That didn't keep me from watching a grainy recording of his performance however, as it remains one of my earliest childhood memories. 

John understood the vital importance of not only keeping our cultural stories alive, but also sharing our stories through dramatic play and performance; creating a visual life of Coyote that would live long in the memories of young and old alike as they share in and celebrate intergenerational storytelling. 

This current production of According to Coyote is touring regionally across tribal communities and continuing to transcend the imaginations of young and old alike and celebrate the vitality of Native American history, lore, and heritage."

Cast & Creative

Kellen Trenal


Josephine Keefe


John Kauffman


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The Legacy of John Kauffman

Produced by Red Eagle Soaring, Spokane Ensemble Theatre & One Heart Native Arts & Film Festival in partnership with Seattle Rep.

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