Autry National Center

Upcoming Events

Native Voices at the Autry's
17th Festival of New Plays

May 27–28 at the Autry
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May 30–31 at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego
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Free Admission
Space Is Limited / Reservations Recommended

See new and in-progress plays by Native writers presented as staged readings and followed by audience talkbacks during which you, the audience, become part of the collaborative process. All plays are appropriate for ages 14 and older.

The Autry’s cafe, Crossroads West, will be open before each reading at the Autry.

The Native Voices Annual Festival of New Plays follows a weeklong collaboration between Native playwrights and nationally recognized directors and dramaturges, working with an exceptional acting company comprised of Los Angeles' best Native and non-Native actors. Many works developed through this process have gone on to enjoy successful runs on the Autry's main stage and elsewhere. Read the full Festival of New Plays press release. 

Native Voices at the Autry's
Indians in a Box at the Lounge Theater

Exciting new plays conceived and performed by members of the Native Voices Artists Ensemble at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Admission $12
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Stories From the Indian Boarding School by the Native Voices Artists Ensemble

Saturday, June 6, Noon
Sunday, June 7, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 13, Noon
Sunday, June 28, Noon

Based on first-person narratives, videos, and historical documents, this collection of stories depicts the reality and repercussions of the American Indian boarding school system from the late 1800s to the present whose motto was "Kill the Indian and save the man."

There is no "I" in NDN by Jennifer Bobiwash (Ojibway)

Sunday, June 7, Noon
Saturday, June 13, 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17, 2:00 p.m.

A hilarious and probing look at what it means to be a modern NDN. With the legacy of a Chief to live up to, how can one NDN princess wannabe reconcile her life and heritage? With the help of a long-lost friend, Wanda works through her quest to discover just what an Indian is!

Little Big Joe the Bug Squasher by Joseph Valdez (Navajo)

Saturday, June 6, 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17, Noon
Sunday, June 28, 2:00 p.m.

A little boy with a superhero imagination, Little Big Joe takes us on his quest to find love in his run-down apartment complex. All seems right until he encounters his nemesis—stinky, slimy bugs! The boy’s imagination powers fail him as he discovers a darkness deep within his apartment walls. Can he save the world? Can he save himself? Or will the bugs conquer the day?


San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles Edison International Los Angeles County Arts Commission National Endowement for the Arts The Nissan Foundation Seven PostSoboba Band of Luiseño Indians Sony PicturesThe Walt Disney Company Wells Fargo

Native Voices

Native Voices would like to thank the following people for donating to our first-ever Indiegogo campaign:

  • Anonymous (16)
  • Stephen Aron
  • Kathy Baird
  • Joe and Vera Bedard
  • Chris and Kelbe Bensinger
  • Robert Bobala
  • Ruth Bowling
  • Sharon Boyle
  • Julie Burelle
  • Matthew Burgos
  • Robert Caisley
  • Dan Carter
  • David W. Cartwright
  • Caroline Chang
  • Paula Cizmar
  • Dale A. Cooke
  • Oliver Dale
  • Tim Dang
  • Sara Dao
  • Jill Degan
  • Michael Degan
  • Darrell Dennis
  • Barbara Dodge
  • Shawn Imitates Dog
  • Maren Dougherty
  • Nadine McDonald Dowd
  • Michael Drummond and Family
  • John Clinton Eisner
  • David and Denise Ellenstein
  • Patty and Craig Farthing
  • Lori Favela
  • William Fitzhugh
  • Brian and Dalia Flanagan
  • Farrell and Sandra Foreman
  • Sydney Freeland
  • Michael John Garcés
  • Dawn Jamieson Gingold
  • David M. Gipp
  • Diane Helen Glancy
  • Carole Goldberg
  • Mitchell Gossett
  • Jason Grasl
  • John L. Gray
  • Gabriel Greene
  • Kathleen Grove
  • Kimberly N. Guerrero
  • Joseph Hardin
  • Joy Harjo
  • Nina and Michael Heumann
  • Jere Hodgin
  • Carolina Hoyos
  • Julie Jensen
  • Stacey Parshall Jensen
  • Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony
  • Julia Johnson
  • Gina Kalloch
  • Michael and Shannon Kane
  • Frank Katassee
  • Geri Keams
  • Brad Kelly
  • Brian Klopotek
  • Venida Korda
  • Scott Kratz
  • Lori A. Kunkel
  • Kathy LaMaster
  • Joan Lawton
  • Stacy Lieberman
  • Jackie OC Logan
  • Sheridan MacKnight
  • Joanne Maedl
  • Dirk Maggs
  • Veronica White Magpie
  • Jenny Marlowe
  • Timothy Mason
  • Zahn McClarnon
  • David McClendon
  • Steve McCormick
  • Georgia Mercer
  • Craig Miller
  • Beth Milstein
  • Courtney Mohler
  • Mary Kathryn Nagle
  • Yvette Nolan
  • Jack and Helen Ofield
  • Jessica Ordon
  • Margaret E. O'Rourke
  • Rena Owen
  • Lana Owens
  • Bridget Paley
  • Christianne Penunuri
  • Marisa Quinn
  • Heather Millar Quintana
  • Peter Quintana
  • Vickie Ramirez
  • Laurie Reynolds
  • Jon Lawrence Rivera
  • Arlene Robertson
  • Kenneth Ruthardt
  • Sharon and William J. Sanderson
  • Virginia J. Scharff
  • Nan M. Scott
  • Buffy and Joe Sedlachek
  • Jack Shakely
  • Laura A. Shamas
  • Jen Shook
  • Elizabeth Short
  • Kevin Sifuentes
  • Pat Sigler
  • Jonathan Skurnik
  • Shirley K. Sneve
  • Linda Starbard
  • John Stark
  • Erika Stone
  • ML Taylor
  • Drew Hayden Taylor
  • Shaun Taylor-Corbett
  • Larry Upthegrove
  • Mark Valdez
  • Joseph Valdez
  • Carmel Valencia
  • Teresa Van Winkle
  • Richard and Linda Warren
  • Brian Wescott
  • Rick West
  • John Williams
  • Craig Wolf
  • Dawn and Stephan Wolfert
  • Christina Wright
  • Shirley, Greg, Danielle, Rayanna and Roman Zaragoza
  • Shari Zeck

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