New Voices In Theatre

I am persistently and irrevocably engaged in storytelling. One of the arenas in which I find great storytelling these days is in new theatre. Of course, there is a great deal of drivel out there, maybe even a preponderance. Yet there is also very powerful and thoughtful storytelling.

In the last couple of weeks I have received a number of blog posts about new theatre. I’d like to share some of those with you.

DeafFirefly “just really loves theatre”:

Well that’s it – I’m officially a bit mad. Why else would I bounce across to Cardiff in the morning for a university seminar, then across to London to watch stabbings, mental breakdowns, a brilliantly twisted future and a visual story I could have watched all night?

Deafinitely Theatre’s 4Play is a showcase of four short plays written by Deafinitely Creative competition finalists. I was lucky enough to be one of the featured writers last year, and I wanted to come and see what they’re up to now.

Disability Arts Online posted a review of the four plays.

NYCP posted an announcement for this year’s Native American New Play Festival. This got me tho thinking about all the Natives whose tribes are state recognized, or who,  like me, are not tribally enrolled. Of course, there needs to be some gate keeping. So maybe there should be a festival for the rest of us. Using federal recognition as the main criteria seems to be another use of the colonial gaze.

NOTE: Playwright must be a registered Native American on a federally recognized roll.

One of my favorite writers these days is Diane Clancy. NYCPlaywrites posts:

OKC Theatre Company is pleased to announce that SALVAGE by Diane Glancy has been selected to be the cornerstone production of the THIRD annual Native American New Play Festival in June 2012. The festival will also feature staged readings of two or three finalists. We are currently accepting scripts for the 2012 Festival….Submission deadline for the 2012 Native Play Festival is March. 15, 2012. Scripts received after that date will be considered for the following year

Mandy Valencia, writing in the Mail Tribune, provided a piece about new work by Brend Florenda:

While Brent Florendo was growing up on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon, his mother would tell stories of their Wasco heritage to help others understand American Indian culture.

Now the Southern Oregon University Native American Studies instructor is continuing that tradition with a musical he’s written based on his mother’s stories.

Arts Beat LA invites us to see two one-man play at the Autry:

Two one-man plays, written by and starring acclaimed actor and storyteller Robert Owens-Greygrass (Lakota*), will run in repertory during March, presented by Native Voices at the Autry.

Rich with contemporary and historical elements, Walking on Turtle Island portrays Indigenous experience through the stories and culture of Turtle Island. Ghostlands of an Urban NDN provides a gritty and humorous look at the conflicting worlds of a mixed-race heritage.

 There were more posts. This is just a sampling of the new work being written and performed. Let us know about the new work you’ve seen, or your working on!

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