What happens when you combine great storytelling, music, and language preservation into a powerhouse production? For the cast of Something Inside is Broken, it means a sold-out theater hit and a fall tour. This pre-gold rush era rock opera, based on actual historical events, tells the true and untold story of how Natives were exterminated ‘legally’ under Governor Burnett’s extermination policy, massacred by Captain Fremont and Kit Carson, and enslaved by Johann Sutter. The play highlights relevant modern themes and dehumanizing media practices, while cleverly weaving them into our dark American history. The crazed ambition for gold, the objectification of women, the disregard for minority groups and inhumane treatment of vulnerable populations, the constant destruction of our planet’s resources are alluded to, but it’s not all sadness and social commentary. The musical aspect makes the story easy to digest, sharing wisdom and knowledge through the use of catchy songs and witty and often inappropriate (with a little bit of shock factor) phrases. There’s plenty of room for some elbow poking laughs. The story speaks from a human level, and is told with just the right balance of truth and honesty, hilarity, satire, and optimism for an improved world.