Plains Speaking People features individuals who will share their best 10 minute story that has a connection to South Dakota and/or it people. These storytellers will be chosen based on their pitch submission that can  posted on this website. The stories will all be listened by theatre, storytelling and communication professionals who will be making the final roster selection. 


Benefit For Derek Gerlach

The Flandreau edition of Plains Speaking People: Dakota Stories for the Stage is a benefit to support Derek Gerlach, a 10 year-old who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2018. He is currently receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Derek had had one surgery and is facing a minimum of a year of chemotherapy to battle his cancer.

Derek is a friend to everyone he meets. He loves his family, baseball, comics and his dog Jeter.

Derek’s family has set up a gofundme page to help with the expenses of Derek’s treatment, travel costs and support the family.