Cornerstone Theater Company



A new play with and about the Oceti Sakowin
Performances May 25 – June 16, 2023

Áya and their brother Khoskalaka have their hands full raising their siblings and cousins, dealing with zombies on the prowl, and trying to graduate high school. But after Áya, a Lakota teen, summons a traditional superhero in a moment of bravery, they have to embark on a journey across the lands of the Oceti Sakowin to find answers in the old stories, within themselves, and in Paha Sapa.

This new production is created with and for the interconnected, but widely dispersed residents of the Sicangu Lakota Nation (Rosebud), Oglala Lakota Nation (Pine Ridge), Ihanktonwan Dakota Oyate (Yankton), and other Lakota reservations, as well as Rapid City.  Wicoun will perform in these and other South Dakota communities in late May and early June, 2023.


We are excited to share a 3-part article series written by Todd London for AmericanTheatre magazine, Superheroes on Native Land, now available online. The series follows the process of creating Wicoun, Cornerstone’s play created in collaboration with and about the Oceti Sakowin, written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Michael John Garcés. Wicoun was one of the full-scale community collaborations Cornerstone produced this year. 

Read the complete article series on


Thursday, 5/25 at 2pm
Black Hills Playhouse

24834 S Playhouse Rd
Custer, SD 57730

Friday, 5/26 at 6pm
Racing Magpie
801 East Saint Andrew St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

Saturday, 5/27 at 7pm
Main Street Square
512 Main St Suite 980
Rapid City, SD 57701

Tuesday, 5/30 at 5pm
Great Plains Crow Creek Office
225 Sam Boy Drive
Fort Thompson, SD  57339

Performance will be outdoors behind the Great Plains Crow Creek Office

Thursday, 6/1 at 7pm
Todd County Middle School
Adams Street / HWY 83, just south of Omaha St.
Mission, SD

Friday, 6/2 at 7pm
St Francis Indian School
502 Warrior Dr.
St Francis, SD 57572

Saturday, 6/3 at 5pm
Memorial Park Bandshell
301 N. 5th St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

Monday, 6/5 at 1pm
Red Shirt School
HCR 83 Box 313
Hermosa, SD 57744

Monday, 6/5 at 7pm
Little Wound School Auditorium
438 Main St
Kyle, SD 57752

Tuesday, 6/6 at 7pm
Outdoors at Ground Control Skate Park
22 Apache Dr
Pine Ridge, SD

Thursday, 6/8 at 6:30pm
Lakota Youth Development
30122 352nd Ave
Herrick, SD 57538

Friday, June 9 at 2:30pm
Marty Indian School Gym
100 South Main Street
Marty, SD 57361

Saturday, 6/10 at 1pm
The Coliseum of Sioux Falls
515 N. Main Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Monday, 6/12 at 7pm
Riverside Park Ampitheater
S Capitol and Levee St
Yankton, SD 57078

Wednesday, 6/14 at 6pm
Standing Rock CDC Gym
181 Agency Ave,
Fort Yates, ND 58538

Thursday, 6/15 at 7pm
Steamboat Park Ampitheater
Popular Ave/W Missouri Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

Friday, 6/16 at 6:30pm
Cheyenne River Youth Project Art Park
101 East Lincoln Street
Eagle Butte, SD


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Wicoun is the third in a series of productions in collaboration with playwright Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) and Indigenous people of U.S. lands. Following Urban Rez with and about Native people of and/or living in the Los Angeles Basin, and Native Nationa collaboration with those of and/or living in the Phoenix, Arizona area. This project, begun in 2019, builds on these two processes and explores the strength, beauty, humor, and perseverance of the Indigenous culture, language and identity of the Northern Plains. 

Partner organizations include First Peoples FundRacing MagpieBlack Hills PlayhouseBlack Hills Community Theatre, the City of Rapid CityLakota Youth Development, and Lakota culture bearers.


Photo Journal


Below is a gallery of photos that have been taken over the course of five trips across South Dakota by the members of the team. This gallery does not come close to representing the full breadth of these trips, the six-dozen-plus engagements the teams have attended, the literal weeks upon weeks of work, but they can impart a small sense of what the process has been like so far.

Larissa FastHorse

Sicangu Lakota Nation

Michael John Garcés


Nephelie Andonyadis

Scenic Designer

Lynn Jeffries

Puppet Designer

Talon Bazille Ducheneaux

Sound Designer
Cheyenne River Lakota/Crow Creek Dakota

Jeanette Godoy

Costume Designer

Kenny Ramos

Barona Band of Mission Indians / Kumeyaay Nation

Peter Howard


Clementine Bordeaux

Engagement Associate