Cowboys and Indians
Francis and Quincy, two Harvard students, prepare to travel to the Great Plains to study the ways of the Indian. Francis is determined; Quincy is a layabout. In a saloon in Saint Louis, they assemble their team: Captain Chandler and a guide, Henri Chatillon. Pa tries to get hired but is rejected. Pa and Ma, traveling preachers who warn of the ills of the plains, decide to go West themselves. On the plains, Francis addresses the group about the history of the Indians, whom he claims came from China. They travel and sing. Quincy and Henri abandon the journey. Francis and Captain Chandler meet with Chief. Captain Chandler is killed by an arrow. Chief tells Francis about his love for the whites and about his people’s past. Francis and Quincy return, Francis with a strange infirmity. Francis still wants to write about the Indian Wars.

Written by Richard Maxwell and Jim Strahs
Directed by Richard Maxwell

Francis Parkman: Pete Simpson
Quincy Adams: Aaron Landsman
Mather Parkman: Paul Lazar
Imogene Wentworth: Julia Jarcho
Henri Chatillon: Eric Dean Scott
Pa Thurlow: Ford Wright
Ma Thurlow: Johanna Meyer
Captain Chandler: David Cote
Squaw: Sally Eberhardt
Madam Laramie: Okwuchukwu Okpokwasili
Chief: Lakpa Bhutia

Musicians: Scott Sherratt, Chris Kirkman

Set, Lights and Costumes: Jane Cox
Technical Director: Gary Wilmes
Stage Manager: Bridget S. Markov
Production Assistant: Courtney Reilly

Production History

Soho Rep., New York 1999


Cowboys and Indians, Curtain Up, 1999
Drone on The Range: Adventures in the Mild, Mild West, The New York Times, 1999
Last Chance for Maxwell's Cowboys & Indians at Soho Rep, Playbill, 1999


Produced by Soho Rep.