Native Voices anniversary

Live Performances / Family Activities / Member Events

30th Festival of New Plays | Feast for the Dead

Part of the series Native Voices

Friday, August 9, 2024, 7 p.m.

The Autry Theater

Reservation Required


About the Event

It’s our Anniversary! Can you believe it has been 30 years of Native Voices? What started as a small festival celebrating three Indigenous playwrights in 1994 has grown to become one of the most renowned Native theaters in the country. In 2024, we are celebrating our 30th Festival of New Plays, our 15th Short Play Festival, our first EMBERS: Young Native Playwrights program, our first Director Mentorship program, and our 30th World Premiere production. We would not be able to do this without your support! To honor this momentous occasion, Native Voices will be hosting our 30th anniversary party during the Festival of New Plays.

As part of Native Voices 10-day Playwrights Retreat, playwrights are partnered with an artistic team and company of actors to explore their scripts. The residency culminates with the Festival of New Plays, where each play is presented as a staged reading at the Autry and La Jolla Playhouse.

We invite you, beloved audience and theatre lovers, to share a toast with us as we welcome two new works: Never Say Die by Jennifer Bobiwash and Feast for the Dead by Madeline Easley.

Feast for the Dead by Madeline Easley

After the fall of the Indian Child Welfare Act in the days leading up to the zombie apocalypse, Kay was illegally adopted out of her Tribe by a wealthy family who then abandoned her when they escaped the carnage by sea. Seven years later, Kay is a thriving citizen of a Confederacy of Tribes who took over governance of Turtle Island after the settler government fell. Just as suddenly as they appeared, the zombies disintegrate, and the one percent return from the sea, ready to re-colonize. The only solution? Revive the centuries-old, Huron-Wendat tradition of holding a Feast for the Dead.


Actors Equity Foundation · Laura and Dean Beresford · Rafael Bruno and Cristian Hamilton · Tonantzín Carmelo · David Cartwright · Peter Chalk and Daniel Neal · Elena Finley Endlich · First Peoples Fund Native Arts Ecology Building Grant · Patty Glaser and Sam Mudie · Carole Goldberg and Duane Champagne · Greenberg Foundation · Shawn Imitates Dog · Helene Jacobs · Judy Jacobs · Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony · Diane Levine · Heidi Levine-Gonzalez · Peter Glenville Foundation · Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg · Seeley W. Mudd Foundation · The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation · Theater League of Kansas City · Cynthia Burstein Waldman and Vincent Waldman


Tonantzín Carmelo · Elena Finley Endlich · Carole Goldberg and Duane Champagne · Kimberly Guerrero · Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony · Diane Levine · Heidi Levine-Gonzalez · Daryl Roth · Gloria Steinem

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of the American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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