Native Voices launches the 2009-2010 play series with the world premiere of Carbon Black, a humor-tinged suspenseful psychological drama by Terry Gomez (Comanche) and directed by Native Voices Founder/Producing Artistic Director Randy Reinholz (Choctaw). Gripping and enigmatic, the play vividly portrays a mother-son relationship held hostage by agoraphobia and media-inspired fear.
March 13 - 28, 2010
The second main-stage offering this season is the critically applauded one-man show Tales of an Urban Indian by noted Canadian playwright/actor Darrell Dennis (Shuswap), who stars in the dark comedy directed by Herbie Barnes (Ojibway). Darrell tells a tale of a life observed through the lens of a contemporary urban Indian making his way from the reservation to the city and experiencing his own unique (and often devastatingly hilarious) brand of culture shock. Sad, funny and always entertaining, Darrell invites us to a world where overcoming the odds is just the beginning. Tales is produced in association with New York’s The Public Theater, which premiered the play last spring.
Established in 2004, Native Voices' highly regarded Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays provides the opportunity for beginning, emerging and established Native American playwrights to work closely with nationally recognized directors, dramaturgs and an acting company comprised of exceptional Native American actors during an 8- to 10-day retreat at San Diego State University. The week's work culminates in staged readings for public audiences at La Jolla Playhouse and the Autry National Center. Many works developed during this project, including Carbon Black, have gone on to enjoy successful runs on the Autry stage and international festivals as well as regional theatres in the US and Canada.
Concluding the season is the ground-breaking Young Native Voices Theatre Education Project (YNVTEP), which is designed specifically to help identify and train the next generation of leading theater artists and provide a unique opportunity for Native youths to explore their culture and heritage through theater. Middle- and high-school-age Native youths are paired with professional mentors for intensive playwriting and theater workshops, culminating in public staged readings of their plays. The project is a collaboration with the Southern California Indian Center’s (SCIC) InterTribal Entertainment. To date, dozens of new plays have been written as part of this project.
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