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The playwrights, from left to right: Dillon Chitto, Vickie Ramirez, and Jason Grasl

Native Voices at the Autry Announces 2017 Festival of New Plays

The slate includes three staged readings of new work by Native American playwrights.

LOS ANGELES: Native Voices at the Autry has announced the lineup for its Festival of New Plays, which will run May 17-18 at the Autry Museum of the American West, and May 20-21 at La Jolla Playhouse. The playwrights will work on the plays at a week-long retreat before the event.

“New-play development is such a rewarding endeavor,” said Native Voices producing executive director Jean Bruce Scott in a statement. “You get to work on new scripts with experienced directors, designers, dramaturgs, and cast members who are fully committed to showing the playwright what they’ve got on the page—and how it might look on the stage.”

The featured works are:

  • Bingo Hall, by Dillon Chitto, a comedic tale about three kids who leave their home on the Pueblo reservation.
  • Cornsoup, by Vickie Ramirez, in which a young man returns to his reservation to build a bottled-water plant and is met with strong opposition.
  • Lying with Badgers, by Jason Grasl, follows two brothers and their fight over their father’s legacy as a medicine man of the Blackfeet tribe.

Native Voices at the Autry is dedicated to developing and producing work by Native American playwrights.

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