NEW YORK — Pearl Means, the wife of the late Russell Means; Christian Camargo and Ed Vassallo will present an “An Honoring of American Indian Activist Russell Means” at the off-Broadway theater Classic Stage Company in New York on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. – EST.
Means was a cultural, political, artistic and visionary American Indian Movement leader, described during his life as “the most famous American Indian of the 20th century.” He was at Wounded Knee in 1973 at the start of the 71-day siege of the hamlet by the American Indian Movement.
Means walked-on on October 22, 2012 at the age of 72 after a battle with cancer.
“An Honoring of American Indian Activist Russell Means” will be filled with world music, readings and a short film commemorating the life a legacy of Russell Means.
Later in life, Means became a Hollywood actor and appeared in films, such as “Last of the Mohicans,” and “Natural Born Killers.”
Tony-winning actor Mark Rylance will open the celebration with the Lakota morning prayer. Selections from Means’ most famous speech, For America to Live, Europe Must Die,” will be read by author Ward Churchill.
The evening will culminate with a 20-minute excerpt from a documentary currently under production on the life of Russell Means, tentatively titled, “Conspiracy To Be Free.”
Proceeds will benefit T.R.E.A.T.Y. Educational Endowment, registered charity devoted to building and facilitating the Russell Means Library, production of the documentary and various outreach on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and beyond.
WHAT: “An Honoring of American Indian Activist Russell Means”
WHEN: Monday, January 27, 2014
7:00 p.m. – EST
WHERE: Classic Stage Company
136 East 13th Street
New York, New York 10003