June 24, 2009

The Red Road on the radio

Arigon Starr to Stir Up MidwestThe Red Road is based on a real truck stop owned by a Red Lake Chippewa man along Interstate 5 in Washington. The characters are composites of friends and relatives and people who Starr has met along the way. Starr developed the play with Native Voices at the Autry, the only professional theater company in the U.S. devoted to developing and producing new plays by Native Americans. Native Voices at the Autry produced The Red Road world premiere in 2006 at the Los Angeles-based Autry National Center.

The Red Road is being recorded live for NAPT’s Native Radio Theater, a project created in 2005 in partnership with Native Voices at the Autry. The Lincoln production will be directed by award-winning television and audio producer Dirk Maggs of London. Principally known for his work in radio, Maggs pioneered the use of Dolby Sound in BBC radio and has evolved radio drama into “audio movies,” which involves combing scripts, layered sound effects, cinematic music and cutting-edge technology. From 2003 to 2005, he produced new radio episodes of The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Comment:  For more on Arigon Starr, see Native Voices Takes Australia and Super Diva. For more on plays in general, see Native Plays and Other Stage Shows.

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