The Woman Who Fell from the Sky was adapted from portions of the Iroquois creation story. The three primary sources used were published in the United States Bureau of Ethnology Annual Report of 1888. Each source contains particular variations and details and were told to J. N. B. Hewitt by Chief John Buck of the Onondaga tribe, Mr. Seth Newhouse of the Mohawk tribe and Mr. John Armstrong of the Seneca tribe. Elements of Joe Bruchac’s telling of the story were also incorporated into the play.  This is a reworking of our original production from 1998.


Adapted from Original Sources by Ralph Lee and the Company

Poems and Lyrics by Bob Holman

Directed and Designed by Ralph Lee

Costumes by Casey Compton

Music Composed by Neal Kirkwood

Performers: Kim Gambino, Kristine Lee, Greg Manley, Tom Marion

Musician: Sam Kulik


In the Garden of

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

112 Street and Amsterdam Avenue

Sept. 10, 11, 12 & 17, 18, 19 at 7:30pm

Admission: Adults $10, Children & Seniors $5


The Mettawee River Theatre Company, founded in 1975, creates original Theater Productions which incorporate masks, giant figures, puppets and other visual elements with live music, movement and text, drawing on myths, legends and folklore of the world's many cultures for its material. The company is committed to bringing theater to people who may have little or no access to live professional theater. Each year Mettawee presents outdoor performances in rural communities of upstate New York and New England as well as performing in the New York City area.

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