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Native Voices offers free staged readings of new works

Native Voices at the Autry, America’s leading Native American theatre company, continues its tradition of excellence, developing plays by new and established Native American playwrights at its highly regarded PLAYWRIGHTS RETREAT AND FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS, culminating in free staged public readings of three intriguing new works on Wednesday, May 28, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m; and Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7:30 p.m., at the Autry National Center’s Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles.

Randy Reinholz in a previous Native Voices production.  His adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘MEASURE FOR MEASURE,’ set in an Indian boarding school in the Old West, is one of the plays featured at Native Voices at the Autry’s upcoming Festival of News Plays.
Randy Reinholz in a previous Native Voices production. His adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘MEASURE FOR MEASURE,’ set in an Indian boarding school in the Old West, is one of the plays featured at Native Voices at the Autry’s upcoming Festival of News Plays.Craig Schwartz

Subsequent readings of the three plays take place at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla on Saturday, May 31 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 1 at 2 p.m. Presented during the 16th annual event are “THERE IS NO “I” IN NDN” by Jennifer Bobiwash (Ojibway*); “OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD” by Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina*); and “MEASURE FOR MEASURE” adapted by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw*).

Illustrating Native Voices’ long-term commitment to the development process, the three plays showcased at the 2014 Festival of New Plays are in various phases of development, ranging from initial stages to near completion. Native Voices is the nation's only Equity theater company dedicated exclusively to the development and production of new plays by Native American playwrights.

Native Voices’ highly respected PLAYWRIGHTS RETREAT AND FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS provides the opportunity during a weeklong retreat at the Autry National Center for beginning, emerging, and established Native American playwrights to work closely in shaping their plays with nationally recognized directors, dramaturgs, and an acting company comprised of exceptional Native American actors.

The retreat concludes with public readings in Los Angeles and La Jolla. Many works developed during this project have gone on to enjoy successful runs on Native Voices’ Autry main stage and elsewhere, including the company’s 2014 production of “Stand-Off at HWY #37,” its 2013 production of “The Bird House,” its 2011 production of “The Frybread Queen” and its 2009–2010 season opener, “Carbon Black.”

The Autry is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Los Angeles. Readings are free, but seating is limited and reservations are suggested. To reserve free tickets, call 323-667-2000, ext. 354, or visit www.NativeVoicesattheAutry.org.