May 29, 2013

2013 Festival of New Plays

Native Voices at the Autry Presents Free Festival of New Plays, Now thru 5/31Native Voices at the Autry, America's leading Native American theatre company, continues its tradition of excellence, developing plays by new and established Native American Playwrights at its highly regarded PLAYWRIGHTS RETREAT AND FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS, and culminating in free staged public readings of three intriguing new works today, May 29, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, May 31, 2013, 7:30 p.m., at the Autry National Center's Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles.

Presented during the 15th annual event are THE HEALER'S REMAINS by Lori Favela (Yankton Sioux*); STAND-OFF AT HWY#37 by Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora*); and WHERE HAVE ALL THE WARRIORS GONE? by Darrell Dennis (Shuswap*). Illustrating Native Voices' long-term commitment to the development process, the three plays showcased at the 2013 Festival of New Plays are in various phases of development, ranging from initial stages to near completion.

Native Voices' highly respected PLAYWRIGHTS RETREAT AND FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS provides the opportunity during a weeklong retreat at the Autry National Center for beginning, emerging, and established Native American Playwrights to work closely in shaping their plays with nationally recognized directors, dramaturgs, and an Acting Company comprised of exceptional Native American actors. The retreat concludes with public readings in Los Angeles and La Jolla. Many works developed during this project have gone on to enjoy successful runs on Native Voices' Autry main stage and elsewhere, including the company's recent world premiere of The Bird House, its 2011 production of The Frybread Queen and its 2009-2010 season opener, Carbon Black.
Comment:  For more on Native Voices at the Autry, see Distant Thunder Read in NYC and Native Voices to Premiere Bird House.

Below:  Darrell Dennis.

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