The world premiere of “The Bird House,” by Diane Glancy, is performing at the Wells Fargo Theatre at The Autry until March 17, 2013.
The play is presented by “Native Voices at The Autry,” the country’s only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing the work of Native American playwrights.
“The Bird House” tells the story of Reverend Logan (played by Native Voices Co-Founder Randy Reinholz), an evangelical preacher fighting to save his church and his family during a time of economic crisis, when the promise of natural gas production from fracking seems to be the only answer for his small west Texas town.
The beauty of Reverend Logan’s character is that, while a man of strong faith, he is certainly not perfect. He wants to be wholly devoted to his God, but he finds himself distracted by the mundane things that plague all men – money, shelter, health, loss, and everything else that forces the mind from the spiritual to the material.
The story was written especially for Reinholz, whose real father was a faith healer that once founded a church in Laurie, Missouri. Based on some of Reinholz stories about his father, and enhanced by Glancy’s imagination, “The Bird House” also explores the intricacies of making a person’s Christian faith work with his or her Native American heritage.
The play will be thoroughly enjoyed by a well-versed Christian viewer. However, it is accessible to folks of all faiths.
Glancy is a Cherokee poet, author, and playwright who is also a professor at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. This is Reinholz’ (a Choctaw by tribal affiliation) acting debut, although he is an accomplished producer and has directed over fifty plays in the US, Australia, Mexico, and Canada.
“The Bird House” is directed by Robert Caisley and includes the performances of Ellen Dostal, Robert Owens-Greygrass, Carla-Rae Holland, and Tyler Cook.
“The Bird House”
Wells Fargo Theater
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
March 9 – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
March 10 – 2 p.m.
March 14 – 8 p.m.
March 15 – 8 p.m.
March 16 – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
March 17 – 2 p.m.
Price: $10 Autry members / $12 students, military, and seniors 55+ / $20 general