Tales From ‘East End Native’

Andrina Wekontash Smith.

At Guild Hall on Saturday, October 16, at 7 p.m., Andrina Wekontash Smith, Shinnecock storyteller and performer, explores the intersection of race and class on the East End. Part one-woman show, part panel discussion, “East End Native” will dive into the complicated history through the unique lens of her personal narrative. Spoken word, monologues, and storytelling will comprise the first half, while in the second, she will moderate a conversation had with influential leaders fighting for representation for all of the East End’s residents.

“East End Native” is a benefit performance for the Shinnecock Youth Clubhouse and Guild Hall Learning & Public Engagement initiatives. The Shinnecock Youth Clubhouse provides an open space where cultural and educational programming are introduced as alternatives to drug and alcohol use. The clubhouse enhances and provides support for the physical, social, emotional, mental, spiritual, and financial wellbeing of the Shinnecock Youth.

This program is the culminating showcase of Andrina Wekontash Smith’s 2021 Community Artist-in-Residence at Guild Hall. Smith is a Shinnecock writer, actor and performer who has spent her career exploring the various components of the human condition. She is a current house team writer/performer at the PIT in New York City. Her solo work has been featured in festivals throughout the Tri-State area. She has performed locally at both Bay Street Theater and Guild Hall, headed a summer theater program at The Ross School and is an alum of The Watermill Center Artist-in-Residence program. Her work has been seen in the Diverse AF Festival, Solocom, and The Downtown Urban Theatre Festival.

Tickets for “East End Native” are pay what you can from $25 to $150 (increments of $25) at guildhall.org. Guild Hall is at 158 Main Street, East Hampton.