Published September 15, 2018
LOS ANGELES — Native Voices at the Autry, America’s leading Native American theatre company, presents Hurricane Savage as part of its First Look Series, a script development process that brings playwrights together with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors.
Written by Montana Cypress (Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida), Hurricane Savage takes place in the midst of a Category 5 hurricane, as an estranged son returns to his childhood home where the past haunts the living and the dead. It’s there, deep in the Everglades, where the devastating effects of long-held secrets, human nature, and the inability to express oneself combine with the unpredictable, unrelenting force of Mother nature.
“Montana Cypress is a young playwright to watch,” said Jean Bruce Scott, Native Voices Producing Executive Director. “His newest full-length play, Hurricane Savage, moves with the force and intensity of the mega storms that inspired it. His characters seek the truth with a breathless vibrancy no matter the consequences. Do not miss this exciting afternoon in the theater!”
Native Voices at the Autry’s First Look Series is a script development process that brings playwrights together with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors. Full-length plays are workshopped and prepared for a public staged reading and discussion, giving the playwright an opportunity to hear the play—often for the first time—with a live audience. Plays can be new works, works-in-progress, or material that has already been produced at another venue that the playwright would like to revise for future productions.
Hurricane Savage is free but reservations are recommended. For reservations and additional information, visit TheAutry.org/NativeVoices.
Montana Cypress (Miccosukee Tribe of South Florida*) (Playwright) is a Los Angeles-based playwright and actor. Montana lived most of his life on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation located in the heart of the Everglades. In 2015, he made the move from South Florida to Los Angeles to study acting at the New York Film Academy in Burbank where he discovered a talent for writing. He’s continued to act, write, and direct short films in addition to writing plays and short stories. Montana is a new member of the Native Voices Artists Ensemble and lives in Burbank.
Jason Grasl (Blackfeet*) (Director) has been involved with Native Voices since 2007. He has performed at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, New York’s Public Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. His stage credits include Cherokee, The Blame of Love (which he also wrote), Trophies, Sliver of a Full Moon, and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Film credits include Cassidy Red and Fantasy Football: The Movie. His TV credits include Hot in Cleveland and White Collar. Grasl is also a member of the Mayflower Welcoming Committee and serves on the SAG-AFTRA Native American Committee.
Randy Reinholz, (Choctaw*) (Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry) is an accomplished producer, director, actor, and playwright. Off the Rails, his bawdy and irreverent adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, had its world premiere at Oregon Shakespeare Festival with Bill Rauch directing in 2017. He has produced more than 30 scripts and directed over 60 plays in the United States, Australia, England, and Canada. Reinholz is a Professor at San Diego State University, where he served as Head of Acting from 1997-2007, Director of the School of Theatre, Television, and Film from 2007-2012, and Director of Community Engagement and Innovation for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at SDSU from 2012-2015.