John Schliesser embarked on a new project based on his life-long fascination with Sitting Bull, and the events leading up to the Sioux Leader’s death at the Standing Rock Agency. The result was his creation of the Rock Opera, Sitting Bull’s Last Waltz, which debuted in Los Angeles during June 2016, and was subsequently performed at the Johnny Carson Theater, Lied Center for Performing Arts, University of Nebraska, in March 2017. The show is in the process of being developed for a future production.

Creating a script comes fairly easily to John Schliesser. After getting his doctorate in narrative theory at the University of California, Berkeley, he taught literature for several years in San Francisco. He’s also worked as a screenwriter and producer in Los Angeles, and most recently as a multimedia consultant.