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Lummi playwright’s ‘Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins’ on stage Sept. 20

“Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins,” a new play by Setting Sun Productions, addresses the national debate about the name of the football team and poses the question, What if an Indian owned the Redskins?

The play is staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and directed by Dennis Catrell, at Whatcom Community College’s Heiner Center Theatre, 231 W. Kellogg Road.

The character of Sonny Sixkiller is a tribal councilman who convinces the council to pursue his dream to buy the Redskins. The real-life Sixkiller, a member of the Cherokee Nation and a former University of Washington quarterback, says he is honored to have his name attached to the play.

The play stars Arlie Neskahie as Sixkiller; Robert Muzzy as team owner Dan Snyder, Valerie Phair as the grandmother and Eugene Harry as Ray Thunderchild.

Darrell Hillaire, the playwright and producer, is a member of Lummi Nation. His previous work, "What about those promises?" about broken promises of the Treaty of Point Elliott, had sold-out performances in Seattle and Bellingham.

Tickets: $10 through Brown Paper Tickets. Details: search for the play on Facebook.

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