Native Voices at The Autry presents “Hunka”

cool last nameAre you a theater fan, looking for some exciting new voices?  The Autry museum will host a reading of the play “Hunka” by an award-winning playwright of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, Larissa Fasthorse (at left), on Sunday, February 12.  The event is part of Native Voices at The Autry‘s First Look series.  Native Voices is dedicated to developing the work of Native American playwrights, and the First Look series connects these writers with directors, dramaturgs, and actors, as both a workshop and a free, public event.

In “Hunka”, Fasthorse tells a family story that deals with issues like teen pregnancy, adoption, responsibility and redemption. The reading is directed by Laurie Woolery, the associate artistic director of the Cornerstone Theater Company.  Afterwards there will be a discussion with FastHorse and Woolery, as well as actors Elizabeth Frances (Cherokee), Susan Wilder and Maxton Scott (Mohawk).

Larissa Fasthorse won the 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished New Play Development Grant for “Fancy Dancer” with Children’s Theatre Company. She is a member of the Center Theatre Group’s Writers Workshop and the Café Bohemia series at Arizona Theatre Company, and has published several works in 2011, as well as developed the Native Voices musicals “Serra Springs” and “Different Does Not Mean the Same”.

Established in 1999 by Artistic Director Randy Reinholz and Executive Director Jean Bruce Scott, Native Voices has established strong relationships with New York’s The Public Theater, Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT), Washington’s Kennedy Center, The National Museum of the American Indian and La Jolla Playhouse.  The organization has completed productions of 19 critically acclaimed new plays.

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 2:30 pm
Wells Fargo Theater
The Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
323 667-2000, ext. 299

Image via The Autry website 

Simone Snaith

About Simone Snaith

Simone Snaith writes young adult and fantasy novels, and sings in the band Turning Violet. A fan of scifi, fantasy, the supernatural and most things from the '80s, she enjoys reviewing music, books and movies. You can read about her own books at simonesnaith.com.
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