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Native Voices at the Autry announces 10th anniversary season

September 20, 2009 |  9:00 am


Two original dramas and a festival of new plays will top-line the 10th anniversary season of Native Voices at the Autry.

The theater company, which was established in 1999, is the resident troupe of the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles. It works exclusively with Native American playwrights and theater artists.

The new season begins in November with the world premiere of "Carbon Black" by Terry Gomez. Billed as a psychological drama, the play tells the story of a mother-son relationship fraught with agoraphobia and media-inspired fear. The play will be directed by Randy Reinholz, the company's artistic director.

"Carbon Black"  will run Nov. 7 to 22.

In March, the company will present "Tales of an Urban Indian," a one-man show by Canadian playwright-actor Darrell Dennis. The play, which had a run at the Old Globe in San Diego, tells the story of a contemporary Indian who must deal with culture shock when he moves from the reservation to the big city.

The show, which is being presented in association with the Public Theater in New York, runs March 13 to 28.

In June, the theater company will hold a festival of new plays during an eight-to-10 day retreat for beginning, emerging and established Native American playwrights. This project will be hosted in conjunction with La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego State University.

-- David Ng

Photo: Autry National Center of the American West. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times