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Native Voices Seventh Annual Short Play Festival: Seven Generations

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm – Estimated run time 90 min
La Jolla Playhouse, in the Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center

Native playwrights take inspiration from the Seventh Generation principle – a core value of the Haudenosaunee people compelling individuals to consider how their actions affect the next seven generations – to create short plays that explore what the future holds for indigenous families and communities. The winning play will receive the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award and a cash prize. For details, visit


Free admission. Space is limited – early arrival is suggested.

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Plays and Playwrights

Flight by DeLanna Studi (Cherokee)

A daughter turns to her father's wisdom to ease her fears and bring her back to her true warrior nature.

Rites of Passage by Ajuawak Kapashesit (White Earth Ojibwe Descendant and Washkaganish Cree)

Three Native actors regale each other with the ridiculous roles they've played in Hollywood.

Trail Trees by Ed Bourgeois (Mohawk)

Huddled in the forest, trees look for a way to put the next generation of walkers back on the right path.

Seeds by Laura Shamas (Chickasaw)

In a dystopian future, two siblings find themselves in a quandary over what to do with their father's legacy.

The Unborn of the Future Nation by Claude Jackson (Gila River Indian Community)

A look at the future and negotiations between the traditional keepers of the land and the new "first generation."

Two Brothers by Montana Cypress (Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida)

A pair of brothers contemplate what lies ahead as they watch one last sunset over the Everglades.