By Amy Condra
His newest work, “The Reincarnation of Stories,” opens tonight, and features four actors—Frank Katasse, Edward Littlefield, Erin Tripp and Hope himself—who will perform the story of Naatsilanei, the birth of the killer whale.
They tell the tale in Tlingit, as it was once told by traditional Tlingit artist Willie Marks. While everyone in the cast was raised speaking English, they have also each studied Tlingit.
“It takes a long time to memorize Tlingit,” Hope said. “It can be like pushing a rock up a hill! But everyone in the cast has Tlingit lines.”