“There is No ‘I’ in NDN”
LOS ANGELES — Native Voices at the Autry invite the public to join in their 16th Annual Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays on May 28th and 29th featuring three new plays by American Indian playwrights.
The Playwrights Retreat provides the opportunity for American Indian playwrights to work with nationally recognized directors and dramaturges. Each play is at different developmental stages but through an intensive one-week workshop each one will be ready for a free staged public reading.
This year will showcase plays by Jennifer Bobiwash, Ojibway, Vera Starband, Tlingit/Dena’ina, and Randy Reinholz, Choctaw.
Bobiwash’s one-woman show “There Is No ‘I’ in NDN” gives a humorous look into what it means to be NDN. Bobiwash is an actress, writer and producer who has created YouTube channel “Welcome to the Tipi”, on which she and her co-host, Geraldine Chases-her-Tail, share their stories about being NDN in today’s society.
“Our Voices Will Be Heard”, by Starband, reveals the story of a seemingly harmonious family that exposes the devastating effects of sexual abuse on an Alaskan community while interweaving the creation myth of “Wolverine Woman”. Starbard is a former newspaper editor who works in public relations and has completed a historical fiction book in 2010 with an award from the Rasmuson Foundation. She is also the cofounder of Dark Winter Productions, an Alaskan Native theater company.
Co-creator and Producing Artistic Director of Native Voices, Randy Reinholz’s “Measure for Measure” depicts the conflicting views of an Indian boarding school, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and the local saloon inhabitants over the fate of a Native teenager who is unjustly sentenced to death and whether or not love, righteousness and mercy can prevail. He is a tenured professor at San Diego State University, where he served as Director of the School of Theatre, Television, and Film from 2007-2012 and was named Director of Community Engagement and Innovative Programs for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts in 2012.
Native Voices at the Autry is America’s leading Native American theater company and continues to build on its storied and prolific 20-year history as the country’s only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing and producing new works by Native American playwrights. Through their efforts with the free public readings, Native American playwrights are able to strengthen and bring to life their stories while fulfilling the Native need in theater.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm
There Is No “I” in NDN
Written by Jennifer Bobiwash, Ojibway
Directed by Darrell Dennis, Shuswap
Dramaturgy by Jessica Ordon
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Our Voices Will Be Heard
Written by Vera Starbard, Tlingit/Dena’i
Directed by Jere Hodgin
Dramaturgy by Laura Shamas, Chickasaw
Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Measure For Measure
Written by Randy Reinholz, Choctaw
Directed by Chris Anthony
Dramaturgy by Robert C. Caisley
Autry National Center
Wells Fargo Theater
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Free but seating is limited; reservations are requested
323.667.2000, ext. 354