October 08, 2008

Native theater festival in NYC

Public's Second Annual Native Theater Festival to Begin Nov. 12The Public Theater has announced the line-up for its second annual Native Theater Festival, a celebration of work from Native artists hailing from the U.S. and Canada.

The free, four-day festival, composed of new work, readings, panel discussions and concerts, will run Nov. 12-15 at the Public.
Some of the festival's events:A reading of Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl's The Conversion of Ka'Ahumanu will take place Nov. 13 at 8 PM. The Hawaiian-set piece "explores the complex relationships amongst Christian missionaries and indigenous women forty years after the islands' first contact with the West," according to press notes.

Public artistic director Eustis and Native Festival consultant Sheila Tousey will moderate a panel discussion about "Politics and Performance" Nov. 15 at 4 PM. Among those taking part will be Terry Gomez (playwright, director, actor and educator), Alanis King (artistic director, Saskatchewan Native Theater Company), Yvette Nolan (artistic director, Native Earth Performing Arts), Jennifer Podemski (CEO and executive producer, Redcloud Studios) and Randy Reinholz (artistic director, Native Voices at the Autry and Director of the School of Theatre, Television and Film at SDSU).

Leigh Silverman (Well) will direct a reading of Re-creation Story by Eric Gansworth Nov. 15 at 8 PM. The work is described as a playful personal exploration of the Haudenosaunee creation narrative.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Plays and Other Stage Shows.

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