Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light



Presented by the playwright, Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light blends storytelling, music, movement, and poetic language—a healing ceremony that chronicles the challenges young protagonist Redbird faces on her path to healing and self-determination.

Premiere: November 12, 2023 at 7PM ET
Followed By A Live Talk Back With Joy Harjo, Paula Vogel, And Madeline Sayet, Moderated By Mary Kathryn Nagle.



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McCarter Bard at the Gate Watch Party

Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light by Joy Harjo

Princeton Public Library – Community Room

Monday, November 20, 2023



McCarter returns to the Princeton Public Library with its virtual play series Bard at the Gate for an in-person community “watch party” screening of Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, a blending of storytelling, music, movement, and poetic language, in a performance by the Playwright and Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.

Harjo’s Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light directed by Madeline Sayet with music performed by Larry Mitchell, chronicles the challenges young protagonist Redbird faces on her path to healing and self-determination.

This in-person watch party is free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!

The Princeton Public Library is located at 65 Witherspoon Street in Princeton, NJ.

This is a Princeton Public Library and McCarter Theatre Center community partnership event.


Joy Harjo

In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position and only the second person to serve three terms in the role. Harjo’s nine books of poetry include An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. She is also the author of two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, which invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her “poet-warrior” road. She has edited several anthologies of Native American writing including When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came ThroughA Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, and Living Nations, Living Words, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project. Her many writing awards include the 2019 Jackson Prize from the Poets & Writers, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and is artist-in-residence for the Bob Dylan Center. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally; her most recent album is I Pray For My Enemies. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.

As an artist, he has released 9 solo records and won a San Diego Music Award for best pop jazz artist.

As a producer-engineer, Larry has won 26 New Mexico Music Awards in various categories from pop, adult contemporary, rap, rock, country and Native American. He won a Grammy Award for producing, engineering and performing on “Totemic Flute Chants” by artist Johnny Whitehorse, who is better known as Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo.

Larry is currently touring with his own trio as well as with Native artists Shelley Morningsong, Dawn Avery, Joy Harjo and Robert Mirabal.

He has many long-standing endorsements and relationships with companies such as D’Adarrio Strings, D’Marzio Pickups, Tech 21 NYC, Dava Picks, Majik Box, Fractal Audio, Composite Acoustics, Hotone, Samson, Keeley Electronics and now with Knaggs Guitars and Godin Acoustic Guitars.