Saved Again And By Him

Erica Fey combines the story of Sarah Wakefield with choreography and multimedia in Saved Again And By Him at New Ohio Theatre in the West Village. Photo by Courtney Renee Stallings.

By Andrew Andrews

In May 1862, the Dakota people attacked white settlements in Minnesota when the United States government, strained by the Civil War, broke its peace treaties by failing to deliver promised sustenance to starving tribes. Sarah Wakefield, the wife of a doctor appointed to serve the Upper Sioux people, was kidnapped by a pair of braves named Chaska and Tapa while fleeing the area for safety. Although Tapa had wanted to kill Wakefield and her two children, Chaska defended and protected them during their captivity. Ultimately, Chaska was imprisoned by the government, pardoned by Abraham Lincoln, and yet sentenced to death in a supposed case of mistaken identity.

Saved Again And By Him is Wakefield’s autobiographical account of the incident, edited and performed by Erica Fae as though Wakefield were invited to a speaking engagement to defend her sympathetic character to a hostile audience. But this show is much, much more than an hour-long monologue: combining the recital with slow, fluid, modern dance, subtle but effective lighting (Christina Watanabe) and sound effects (William Neal), still projections and even a surreal, metaphoric video loop, the production fully-engages the audience—as evidenced by the laughs, gasps and groans you’ll hear from your neighbors throughout the performance. It also delivers on Fae’s Anecdota theater company’s promise to use lost stories from the past to explain what we’ve become, in the hope of moving society toward a brighter future. So check it out, then come back here and tell us what you learned. Whether you believe the Dakota Uprising was a justifiable response to a bad situation, or that violence is never the answer, your reviews help others get a feel for what to expect, and your ratings help us help you find future events you’re sure to love!

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Andrew Andrews attended Saved Again And By Him at New Ohio Theatre in New York on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:30pm to write this review.

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