Set in an ungoverned stretch of South Dakota soon after the 1876 Custer massacre, Deadwood concerns the birth of an American frontier town – and its role in the intensifying conflict between the native Sioux Indians and a young white America swaggering with entitlement. In an age of plunder and greed, the richest gold strike in American history draws a mob of restless misfits to an outlaw settlement where everything – and everyone – has a price. Into this pool of aspiration and nightmare arrive former Montana lawman Seth Bullock, the weary but still formidable Wild Bill Hickok, and his doting companion, the coarse Calamity Jane.
But here’s our big twist – we are using the setting of 1876 South Dakota to re-invent the story of Cabaret. Set in 1931 Berlin, Cabaret uses the ominous rise of National Socialism and their vicious oppression of the Jewish people as a backdrop for a story about cynical relationships and decadent despair. Similarly, our story is set in a time when the land-and-oil-hungry white man was forcing native americans off their lands in the name of manifest destiny, but in the interests of power and greed.
Written by Olivia Harber and Molly Vendig.
SCTG President and Artistic Director, Broderick Miller, co-writes and directs.