June 05, 2007

All about Native Voices

Romeo and Sacagawea and a Talking Dog, Too: Native Voices Brings an Indigenous Perspective to TheaterA Native version of Romeo and Juliet. Lewis and Clark from Sacagawea’s point of view. A commodity cheese-based superhero with a talking-dog sidekick.

When you think of Native storytelling, you think of movies (Dances with Wolves, Smoke Signals), books (Black Elk Speaks, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven), even cartoons and comic books. What you don’t think of is the Native theater, and plays that can stand the test of time. But Los Angeles-based Native Voices, an Equity theater company devoted to Native American plays, is trying to change that.

Since 2001, Native Voices has mounted eight Equity productions. Several have gone on to other locations and been published. The program has helped hundreds of budding Natives playwrights hone their skills and begin crafting scripts.

1 comment:

Rob said...

Comment from Arigon Starr:


This article is outstanding! Thanks so much for taking the time to write about Native Voices and letting folks know about all the good work that is happening over at the Autry! I hope this article gets printed in the Native American Times and elsewhere! The story needs to be told and the word needs to get out.

Appreciate all that you do,
Arigon Starr