Past Event

Apr 26—30, 2023

And So We Walked

DeLanna Studi / USA

“A POWERFUL, and long overdue, history lesson. A STIRRING WORK. [Studi] performs with such passionate commitment that she was in tears at the curtain call Wednesday night.”

— The Boston Globe

A Cherokee daughter's journey of discovery retracing the Trail of Tears.

From Cherokee ​actress, ​artist​,​ and activist DeLanna Studi comes And So We Walked, a frank, heartwarming, ​and surprisingly funny one-woman show illuminating and reckoning with one of the darkest corners of American history. 

In Studi’s story, a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father embark on an ​unforgettable 900-mile journey along the Trail of Tears​, retracing​ the ​same ​​​path her great-great grandparents took in the 1830s during the forced relocation of 17,000 Cherokee​ people​​.​ ​Studi’s recounting of the trip draws on extraordinary ​first-person ​interviews, historical research, and the artist’s personal e​xperiences to ​paint a portrait of conflict, contradictions, and survival. 



Emerson Paramount Center
Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111


Apr 26, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023

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DeLanna Studi

Originally from Liberty, Oklahoma, DeLanna Studi is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Her theater credits include the First National Broadway Tour of the Tony Award, and Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County; Off-Broadway’s Informed Consent at Duke Theater on 42nd Street; Gloria: A Life at the Daryl Roth Theatre, and her play And So We Walked made its Off-Broadway debut at Minetta Lane where it was recorded for Audible.  Her regional theater credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage at The Armory, Cornerstone Theater Company, Indiana Repertory Theater, and others. Her roles in the Hallmark/ABC mini-series Dreamkeeper and Chris Eyre’s Edge of America have won her numerous awards. She can be seen in the TV series Goliath, General Hospital, Shameless, and Reservation Dogs. DeLanna is the Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry, America’s only Equity Native American theater company. DeLanna serves as chair of SAG- AFTRA’s National Native Committee, which has, under her leadership, produced an award-winning film about American Indians in the entertainment industry and created a “Business of Acting” workshop that tours Indian Country. DeLanna won the 2016 Butcher Scholar Award from the Autry Museum of the American West and was a 2022 USA Fellow.  And So We Walked is her first play.

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts production of

And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears

Produced by

Octopus Theatricals

Written and Performed by

DeLanna Studi


“A POWERFUL, and long overdue, history lesson. A STIRRING WORK. [Studi] performs with such passionate commitment that she was in tears at the curtain call Wednesday night.”

The Boston Globe

“Intensely powerful”

— Broadway World

“The creators of “And So We Walked” hope it will give audience members something they’ll remember — for a long time.”

Boston Globe

“Her story forces us to revisit a part of our country’s history that some would rather bury.”

— Portland Mercury

“[And So We Walked is] A Transformative and Spiritual Journey”

New England Theater Mirror

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