Strike at the Wind! returns to Lumbee Cultural Center

Strike at the Wind! returns this summer at the Lumbee Cultural Center

Strike at the Wind!––the outdoor drama that chronicles the life of Lumbee legend Henry Berry Lowrie––continues with four shows this summer.

The play will be performed at the historic Adolph Dial Amphitheater at the Lumbee Cultural Center on July 12-15. The show begins at 8 p.m. each night.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, June 6. General admission is $10. For tickets, visit or call the Givens Performing Arts Center Box Office at 910.521.6361.

"UNC Pembroke is honored to collaborate with the Lumbee Tribe to offer multiple nights this year so that no one in our community will be sold out from attending," said Jonathan Drahos, the play's director who also serves as director of Theatre at UNCP.

"I'm excited this year because the cultural center lake is filled back up and the setting for the play is so incredibly majestic," Drahos said.

The amphitheater has also undergone major renovations.

Strike at the Wind! has been a vital part of the tribe's culture since 1976. The play returned in 2017 after a 10-year hiatus, thanks to the collaborative efforts of UNCP, the Lumbee Tribe and the community. The play has been performed before sold-out crowds for the last four years.

The play tells the story of the Lowrie War in 1865. It chronicles the life of Henry Berry Lowrie, who led a band of men in a seven-year battle against those he believed killed his father and brother. The cast includes several former and current UNCP theatre students, including Billy Oxendine and Cheyenne Ward, who play Henry and his wife, Rhoda Strong. Oxendine and Ward will reprise their roles again this summer.