Now, she is working with some producers to turn the tale into a feature film and update it with her struggles in trying to pry loose information that might have helped her father and the way he died.
Her father's grandfather was American Indian, and that gave her an idea.
"After finding my father, I felt he was still struggling with guilt as a warrior, as a soldier."
She asked a tribal elder of the Cherokee nation if there was something Indian warriors might do to help themselves become part of the tribe again after warfare.
"He told me about a ritual of absolution and he helped me write a contemporary ritual for my father. In the play, there is a movie of a live stream, and I kneel down by the stream and do the ritual warriors used to do for seven days when they came back from battle.
"So I sort of proxy my father and perform that ritual of absolution at the end of the play, and that's how the whole play closes."
Sinnott said the play is an homage to many things, including the love affair of a multiracial couple and the legacy of her father's short-circuited life.
"The thing that made me write the play was, looking at how his life had been destroyed didn't seem right or fair. That this man, my father, who many claimed was a great person, people should know if he exists.
"So, at that point, I just decided, as his daughter, I would do as much as I could so that as many people in the world would know that he lived, that his life was not in vain. So 'Snapshot' is my small effort to honor his life."
For more on Sinnott's work, visit Mitzisinnott.com.
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