May 17–18 at the Autry in Los Angeles
May 20–21 at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego
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As the country’s only Equity theatre company dedicated to developing the talents and careers of Native American, Alaska Native and First Nation theater artists, Native Voices invites playwrights to the Autry for a residency to work on their plays, culminating in public staged readings.
- Cornsoup by Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora) uses storytelling to explore questions of environment, economic success, and the often-contentious relationship between the two.
- Bingo Hall by promising new voice Dillon Chitto (Mississippi Choctaw), puts a powerful Native framework around a familiar coming-of-age story: leaving home.
- New Songs & Old Traditions by Reed Adair Bobroff (Navajo) is an energizing snapshot of a young Native person's experience finding solidarity and community as he embarks on his first year of college.
- Lying with Badgers, written by longtime Native Voices Ensemble member Jason Grasl (Blackfeet), tells the story of two brothers in turmoil, taking on themes of spirituality, culture, the exploitation of sacred land for commercial gain, lawyers, and Hollywood.