Friday's Give-Away!

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Round three of our Carbon Black give-away series!

Visit our production website for Carbon Black. Peruse the site to find answers to the following:

1. What is playwright Terry Gomez's tribal affiliation?
2. Name three theatres actor Michael Drummond has worked with.
3. Locate the image labeled "Director's Inspirational Image." Which production is this image from?
4. Which disorder does character Sylvie Black suffer from?

The first two people to email me at carlenne@gmail.com with the correct answers will win free tickets to a performance of their choice to Carbon Black which opens next Saturday, November 7th.

And congratulations to the first winner of our "Autry website contest" - Erin Scott!
There are still two more opportunities to win with the "follow us" contest and one more with the "Autry website contest" so keep your comments comin'!

Thank you so much for your continued support of Native theatre and Native Voices at the Autry. We hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween and we hope to see you at the theatre soon!!
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Ticket Give-Away Continues for CARBON BLACK

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First, we'd like to extend our sincere congratulations to the first three winners of our "follow us" contest:

Thunderheart
Karina Rain D.
Christopher Goodwin

I will be in touch with each of you soon to take your reservation for Carbon Black. If you haven't already done so, please send me a message with your email address (otherwise I won't have a way of contacting you). You may leave me a comment here or contact me at carlenne@gmail.com.

**This contest is still open to two more followers so sign up now and send me your email address to win free tickets! See our previous post for more details.**

Now for our second round of give-aways:
Visit our Autry website. On the left-hand menu, click on the section titled "About Us" and search for answers to the following:

1. When was Native Voices at the Autry established?
2. Name two reservations where Young Native Voices has been in residence.
3. Where is the Annual Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays held and how long does it last?

The first two people to email me at carlenne@gmail.com with the correct responses will win free tickets to a performance of their choice for Carbon Black.

Good luck to you all and I hope to hear from you soon!
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Ticket Give-Aways for CARBON BLACK

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In conjunction with our upcoming world premiere production of Terry Gomez's Carbon Black, we will be giving away free tickets to the first five new people who sign up to follow our blog and who post a comment with their email addresses*. Simply click on the button to your right to follow us and I will be in touch with our lucky winners personally to take their reservations. 

*Email addresses will not be published or added to any mailing lists. They will only be used to contact the winners.

Although this offer is only good for new followers to our blog, more opportunities for free tickets will be introduced on:

Wednesday, October 28
Friday, October 30
Monday, November 2
Wednesday, November 4, and
Friday, November 6

There are plenty of chances to win so check back on the above dates for more info.
(Hint: you may want to start following us on Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter to increase your chances of winning)

Good luck to you all and I'll be in touch!
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Reporting from Carbon Black's First Day of Rehearsal

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On October 15th, our stellar cast and crew gathered at San Diego State University to begin rehearsals for the world premiere of Carbon Black. As Literary Manager, I really wanted to be there for the first day to listen in on the changes that have been made since I last saw the show. I know Terry, Doug, and Randy have been working together since the retreat to further strengthen the script and tighten up any loose ends and, as I told Randy, "it's much more fun to hear the actors read the script then to read it myself and have to make up the voices." And actually, "more fun" turned out to be a gross understatement. Sometimes, actors will be a bit conservative during read-throughs and table work opting to conserve their energy for blocking rehearsals. Now, I'm not all too familiar with Sheila, Michael, Tonantzin, and Stephan's individual work ethics but if this was them holding back, then wow, we're all in for a wild ride! Even with the stop and go structure that goes hand-in-hand with table work, this was one of the most dynamic read-throughs I've had the pleasure of being a witness to. The changes that Terry's made really bolster what was already a very compelling story. I think everyone's prime to get this play on the stage and I highly encourage everyone to buy their tickets now because this is definitely a show you won't want to miss.

For more rehearsal updates, be sure to check Carbon Black's production website: http://carbonblack.weebly.com.

On a completely separate note, we're currently assembling our 2010 National Reading Panel so keep an eye out for an announcement about that soon. The convening of this panel is one of the first steps towards planning our annual Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays (yes, we're already planning for next summer).

So stay tuned and I'll be in touch!

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Celebrate National Native American Awareness Month with a trip to the Autry!

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Native Voices at the Autry is pleased to announce that it will feature Carbon Black by Terry Gomez (Comanche) and directed by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) as its main stage Fall 2009 production.

Half-Price Previews on November 4 and 5 at 8pm; November 7 at 2pm
Opening Night November 7 at 8pm
Show Runs through November 22
Showtimes: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm

All shows at The Autry National Center in Griffith Park across from the LA Zoo where the 5 and 134 freeways meet. Parking is free and plentiful.

40% off for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets for your group at only $12 per ticket! Raise awareness and money: plan a charity benefit or themed event during National Native American Awareness Month in November!
Group leaders: To reserve tickets or for more info contact christi@flagmarketing.com or at 323-466-5830.

General Admission $20
Previews $10
Autry Members $12 ($6 for previews)
Autry Box Office 323-667-2000 x354 or TicketWeb 866-468-3399 or www.ticketweb.com.

**Show your ticket stub and get FREE entry into the 2009 Intertribal Arts Marketplace on November 7 and 8 plus a complimentary gift at the Autry Museum Store! Ask Christi for details.**

This taut psychological drama focuses on the relationship between an agoraphobic mother and her precocious son, Carbon "Inky" Black. When Inky claims to have witnessed a horrific murder, his mother's refusal to acknowledge the tale and her crippling dependence on sensationalized media coverage of violence in their city, serve to isolate them both even further. Dejected and often truant from school, Inky turns to young and well-meaning guidance counselor, Lisa YellowTree, who must fight her own battles with Mr. Tucker, a gruff and seemingly uncaring Vice Principal.

Inspired by an outbreak of crime in the playwright's own neighborhood, as well as the lingering culture of fear that has grown up in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Carbon Black illustrates what happens when life is distorted through the lens of local television news and what the ramifications for individuals and society at large can be when the reaction to crime and violence, real or perceived, is denial and solitary confinement.

Gripping, suspenseful psychological drama. PG-13.

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Christi Crowe
FLAG Marketing
Fight Like A Girl!
christi@flagmarketing.com
(323) 466-5830
http://www.flagmarketing.com
Representing Native Voices at The Autry
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Check out our website for Carbon Black...

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... and say hello to our new Literary Assistant, Pamela Sevilla!

It is with great pleasure and much excitement that I introduce you to the newest addition to our Native Voices' family, Miss Pamela Sevilla. Actually, Pam isn't a stranger to Native Voices: she's stage managed two of our playwrights retreats in San Diego and has been instrumental in the success of both of those events. Her tenacity, inexplicable attention to detail, and overall awesomeness make her an ideal collaborator and I couldn't be more delighted to have her on board. As Literary Assistant, Pam's main duties will be to provide coverage on a majority of the submissions we receive as well as to help coordinate next year's retreat (which, believe it or not, we're in the process of doing as we speak).

In addition, Pam is also serving as the Assistant Director and Website Manager for our production of Carbon Black. She has been working diligently alongside director Randy Reinholz making sure everything's in place for our first day of rehearsal, which is a week from today. For the inside scoop on all things "inky," check out Pam's website for the production. There you'll find info on all our actors, our production team, and you can even sign up to receive updates from the rehearsal room!

Of course, we've got a lot more surprises in store for Miss Sevilla so be sure to keep your eyes out for her because you'll be seeing her a lot! Welcome to the family Pam! We're glad to have ya!

For more info on Pam, please visit our previous blog post: "my backbone"
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