The Eagle Project

Presents a Staged Reading of

Waaxe's Law

by Mary Kathryn Nagle
based on Standing Bear v. Crook (1879)
translations by Louis Headman

Part of Hatch, a developmental workshop series aimed at bringing new plays by marginalized voices to the stage.


Directed by Ryan Victor Pierce


75 years before the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, a Ponca Indian Chief stood up in federal court and demanded that he be afforded the same rights as whites under the law. Based on actual historical events, Waaxe's Law tells the story of the forced removal of the Ponca Tribe to present-day Oklahoma, and Chief Standing Bear's subsequent journey for justice--a journey that resulted in the first federal court decision declaring Indians to be "persons" under the law.


Thursday, October 11th @ 7pm

New York University School of Law

Tishman Auditorium

40 Washington Square South

New York City



Admission to all readings & staged readings are free.


*Seating is limited. Please reserve by responding to this e-mail,


Q&A and reception will take place following staged reading



A,C, E, B, D, F, M to West 4th Street - Washington Square

1 to Christopher Street - Sheridan Square



Mary Kathryn Nagle was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and an honorary member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. She is both an attorney and a playwright.


Nagle studied theater at Georgetown University, and went on to study law at Tulane Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of the Judge John Minor Wisdom Award. She is the author of Waaxe's Law, and in October of 2011, the Great Plains Theatre Conference and Metropolitan Community College performed a staged reading of Waaxe’s Law at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Waaxe’s Law has subsequently won numerous awards, and was a finalist in the Oklahoma City Theater Company’s 2012 New Native American Play Festival. Eagle Project will host a staged reading of Waaxe’s Law on October 11, 2012 at NYU Law School in New York, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference will host a staged reading of Waaxe’s Law on December 12, 2012 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.


Most recently, Nagle has became a member of the 2012-2013 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater in New York City. As a part of the Emerging Writers Group, her play Manhatta will receive a staged reading at the Public Theater in Spring 2013.