By Richard LeComte
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- History can be as exciting as live drama, as Abigail Mortell has found. Mortell, a recent University of Kentucky history major and Lewis Honors College student, took her research into the history of indigenous peoples in Brazil and turned it into a play, which received first place for Humanities: Creative in the annual Oswald Research and Creativity Competition in UK’s Office of Undergraduate Research.
The play, “Surviving the Sertão: A Play in Two Acts,” originated as a creative assignment in a class taught by Erik Myrup, associate professor of history.
"I submitted a play in two acts, which has a historical basis, but it’s also fictional,” Mortell said. "I intended to provide the historical perspective from the native side, which we don't actually have in real life. But it had to be rooted in the