And the festival continues in the City of Angels!

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The 2010 Festival of New Plays wraps up this weekend, June 26 - 27, at the Autry National Center, Los Angeles. Join us as we conclude our 10th Anniversary Season with readings of two gritty urban dramas, one sweeping epic, plus a panel discussion hosted by the WGA and SAG diversity committees regarding the portrayal of Native in the media.

** If you purchase admission to two readings, you'll receive admission to the third for free! Simply email NativeVoices@theautry.org to purchase your tickets. **

Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 26 @ 1p
Tombs of the Vanishing Indian
By Marie Clements

Sunday, June 27 @ 1p
Time Immemorial
By Jack Dalton and Allison Warden

Sunday, June 27 @ 4p
On the Mangled Beam
By Dawn Jamieson

Sunday, June 27 @ 6p
Panel Discussion: Modern Natives in Media
Hosted by WGA and SAG diversity committees

General admission to the readings is $10 and $5 for students, seniors or military.
Admission to the panel discussion is free with a purchase to one of the readings.
Those attending Tombs on Saturday will also receive complimentary admission to the museum.
Autry, WGA, and SAG members receive complimentary admission the entire weekend.

Email NativeVoices@theautry.org for all your ticketing needs.

See you there!


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The Dream Team

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Behind every successful Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays there is a team of highly motivated and accomplished stage managers and interns and this year, I do believe, we've assembled the team of our dreams.

First, we have our fearless Production Coordinator, Caroline Chang, who joined us earlier this year while we were in the midst of producing Tales of an Urban Indian. Caroline jumped head first into a flurry of activity and was able to seamlessly pick up right where former Production Manager, Rich Deely, left off and blaze her own trail of achievements behind her. Since Caroline's main responsibilities keep her tied to our Production Office at the Autry National Center, we were very lucky to be able to have her join us in San Diego for the retreat and festival.

Joining us for their third year as retreat stage managers are Crystal Mercado and Pamela Sevilla. In addition to serving as a stage manager, Pam also served as Native Voices Literary Associate helping evaluate and short-list scripts as well as our Retreat and Festival Assistant coordinating all of our catered lunches and receptions and helping me keep my sanity (a very important job). Our third stage manager, Ally Zonsius, has actually worked with Native Voices several times in the past but this was the first time we were fortunate enough to secure her for this event. Although they may not know it, Crystal, Pam, and Ally actually form the backbone of our Retreat and Festival. Once the events starts, they ensure that everything runs according to schedule, that everyone's where they're supposed to be when they're supposed to be there, and that any problems are addressed with grace and kindness. This event would not have functioned as smoothly as it did had it not been for these three ladies.

Completing our Dream Team are our two interns: Terri Cao and Emily Nuthall. Although Terri, a recent graduate of SDSU, and Emily, a student from High Tech High School, joined our circus fairly late (about a week prior to the start of the retreat), they were more than willing to fill in the gaps we couldn't fill and were absolute joys to be around.

Native Voices received a lot of compliments during the retreat - we were praised for our organizational prowess, for our ability to foresee possible complications and address them ahead of time, for our good humor, among other things. What I hope everyone realizes is that it takes a team to run this machine that we lovingly call our Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays and all compliments that are given to Native Voices should also be directed straight to Caroline, Crystal, Pam, Ally, Terri, and Emily. We can not do this alone and we were incredibly blessed to be able to work with such giving and tireless artists.
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Life in Words

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There's something incredibly exciting about hearing a script come to life for the first time. After a year (or years) of reading a script to yourself, imagining how the characters would sound and act, there's just something magical about being able to hear a playwright's words finally fall from the mouths of talented actors and seeing how the audience reacts to those words that make theatre worth it.

After a year of planning, countless email messages, overtime charges on cell phone bills (on my part at least), and several cross-country meetings via several teleconference services, our entire company is finally assembled in San Diego for our 2010 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. 

Before our teams begin their individual workshops, we've all had the opportunity to hear each of the plays read in their entirety. We've all heard where the plays are starting the week and will be able to hear where they'll end up at the end of the week when they're each presented at La Jolla Playhouse.

Tomorrow, each play will begin their workshops; each play will receive two workshops a day. It's a period of phenomenal creativity and tremendous activity - all leading to an invaluable experience.

I'll post more info as (or if) time permits. For more on how we develop our plays, take a look at the article below.

More soon!





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