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La Jolla Playhouse presents Native Voices at the Autry’s production of They Don't Talk Back by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingit), directed by Native Voices co-founder and Playhouse Leadership Council member Randy Reinholz (Choctaw), in association with Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre.

La Jolla Playhouse presents,
in association with Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre,
Native Voices at the Autry’s production of

They Don't Talk Back

May 26 – June 5, 2016

By Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingit)
Directed by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw)

In this new play, a troubled teen from a broken home receives the culture shock of a lifetime when he is sent to live and work with his grandparents in a Tlingit fishing village in Alaska. This funny, heartfelt exploration of the meaning of family and life emerges in a contemporary coming-of-age story.

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If you are a member of the Native American, Alaska Native or First Nations community and would like more information about They Don’t Talk Back, Native Voices, or coming to La Jolla Playhouse, please contact Randy Reinholz at [email protected].


Supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation




Native Voices at the Autry
18th Festival of New Plays

June 7
Fairly Traceable

By Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee)
Directed by Jean Bruce Scott
Dramaturg Kelly Miller

June 8
And So We Walked

By DeLanna Studi (Cherokee)
Directed by Corey Madden
Dramaturg Shirley Fishman

June 9
Bears and Black Sheep

By Jason Grasl (Blackfeet)
Directed by Olivia Espinoza (Azteca)
Dramaturg Rachel Wiegardt-Egel

All readings are free; RSVP required. All readings start at 7:00 pm.


Patron Services will be happy to answer any questions you have at (858) 550-1010.




Alaska Natives and Subsistence Fishing
www.akhistorycourse.org/articles/article.php?artID=355

Alaska Natives and Health
www.akhistorycourse.org/articles/article.php?artID=282

Hoonah
www.visithoonah.com/hoonahtoday.html
www.visithoonah.com/history.html

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (article)
www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-doucette/grandparents-raising-grandchildren_b_5556815.html


Learn More About Native Voices at the Autry

Jean Bruce Scott is co-founder and the Producing Executive Director of Native Voices at the Autry. She has produced 30 premieres, 21 New Play Festivals, 12 Playwrights Retreats, more than 200 play readings, and 20 national and international tours. She is co-creator of the Native Radio Theater Project, a collaboration between Native Voices and Native American Public Telecommunications, and developed the Alaska Native Playwrights Project. Her illustrious background includes extensive theatre credits, as well as serving as president of Sine Bahn Productions, an independent production company noted for developing screenplays, teleplays, and stage plays. Familiar for numerous lead and recurring acting roles on Days of Our Lives; Magnum, P.I.; Port Charles; Newhart; Matlock; Airwolf; and St. Elsewhere, she has guest-starred on a multitude of other series and television movies. She is a past member of the L.A. Board of Directors for AFTRA and served on the SAG Local Hollywood American Indian Committee, currently Scott is on the Leadership Board of the Theatrical Producer’s League of Los Angeles, Large Theatres, the National Advisory Board for the Last Frontier Theatre Conference and is an elected member to the National Theatre Conference, New York.

Native Voices at the Autry is the only Equity theatre company devoted exclusively to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations playwrights. Founded in 1994 by Producing Artistic Director Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) and Producing Executive Director Jean Bruce Scott, Native Voices became the resident theatre company at the Autry in 1999. The company provides a supportive, collaborative setting for Native theatre artists from across North America. In 2014 the company established the Native Voices Artists Ensemble to more fully take advantage of the extraordinary talents of its Native actors, writers, musicians, and directors. The Ensemble is devoted to developing new work in a collaborative process as well as supporting Native Voices’ ongoing focus on the work of individual playwrights. Native Voices at the Autry is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, LA Stage Alliance, and the Dramatists Guild, and is a Constituent Theatre of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre. Visit TheAutry.org/NativeVoices for more information.

Founded in 1979, Perseverance Theatre has grown to produce a season of classical, contemporary and new plays, including over 70 world-premiere productions, for audiences in Juneau and Anchorage, reaching 24,000 attendees annually, employing over 400 artists from across Alaska, and engaging 200 volunteers. Perseverance Theatre believes theatre going creates community by fostering empathy, relationships and communication skills, thereby creating more vital and cohesive communities. Perseverance Theatre’s mission is to create professional theatre by and for Alaskans. For more information on Perseverance Theatre visit www.ptalaska.org, or follow Perseverance Theatre on Facebook/PerseveranceTheatre.

Reviews

Named one of Stage Raw's Top 10 Plays in LA: "...it exposes us to the elements of a seldom-seen culture, and does it with considerable skill."
» Read More at Stage Raw

"Bobiwash is well cast as the loving Linda...Studi’s agile and amiable Edward lights up the stage; he’s a pleasure to watch from first to last. . . Wescott is effective as Nick’s unstable itinerate father."
» Read More at LA Weekly


Press

They Don't Talk Back
» Read More at LA Weekly

New play confronts Alaskan Native and Caucasian worlds
» Read More at People's World

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

A 99-seat theatre adjacent to the Mandell Weiss Forum. This performance is general admission.


Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.

Meet the Playwright

Thursday, May 26 at 6:45 pm

Join us for this pre-show event in the Shank Theatre. Meet playwright Frank Henry Kaash Katasse, playwright of They Don't Talk Back. Moderated by Jessica Ordon, Native Voices Literary Manager.

Opening Night Reception

Friday, May 27 following the 8:00 pm performance

All are invited to attend this post-show reception with the playwright, director and cast of They Don't Talk Back.

Audience Talkback: Native American Traditions and Culture in Daily Life

Saturday, May 28 following the 2:00 pm performance

Join playwright Frank Henry Kaash Katasse and the cast of They Don't Talk Back for this post-show discussion. Moderated by Randy Reinholz.

Meet the Playwright

Saturday, May 28 at 6:45 pm

Join us for this pre-show event in the Shank Theatre. Meet playwright Frank Henry Kaash Katasse, playwright of They Don't Talk Back. Moderated by Jessica Ordon, Native Voices Literary Manager.

Audience Talkback: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Sunday, May 29 following the 2:00 pm performance

Join speakers Ariane Porras,​ Kinship Navigator​, ​YMCA Kinship Support Program and cast members of They Don't Talk Back for this post-show discussion. Moderated by Jean Bruce Scott.

Audience Talkback: Life After Military Service

Wednesday, June 1 following the 7:30 pm performance

Join speaker John Quichocho, MSC/MVPC, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Naval Base San Diego and Gail Soffer, Founder, Executive Director, Mindful Warrior Project. Moderated by Jessica Ordon, Native Voices Literary Manager.

Audience Talkback: Breast Cancer Awareness, Screening & Mammograms

Saturday, June 4 following the 2:00 pm performance

Join speaker Joanne Thomasen, Health Educator, California Health Collaborative / Every Woman Counts for this post-show discussion. Moderated by Jessica Ordon, Native Voices Literary Manager.

Meet Native Voices' Artistic Director

Sunday, June 5 at 5:45 pm

Join us for this pre-show event in the Shank Theatre. Meet Randy Reinholz, Artistic Director and co-founder of Native Voices at the Autry. Moderated by Jessica Ordon, Native Voices Literary Manager.


Meet the Creative Team

Frank Henry Kaash Katasse is an Alaska Native from the Tlingit clan Tsaagweidí. Katasse is an actor, director, producer, improviser, and playwright who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Hawaii, Mānoa in 2008. While in Hawai’i Katasse worked with Kennedy Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre, and the Cruel Theatre. In 2008 Katasse moved back to Juneau, Alaska and was first involved with Perseverance Theatre (PT) with the Mainstage production of The Government Inspector. His body of work as an actor also includes world premieres of Alaska Native-themed plays Battles of Fire and Water, Reincarnation of Stories, Cedar House and Our Voices Will Be Heard. Other mainstage shows include The Skin of our Teeth, Oklahoma! and Chicago. Frank was also involved with PT’s 2nd Stage as a director/ producer of Vashon, and as a performer in Marisol for the University of Alaska, Southeast. In Juneau, Katasse has performed with Theatre in the Rough, Juneau Symphony, and Morally Improv-erished. Katasse is currently the Board President of Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre. Katasse is the proud recipient of the 2015 Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award from Native Voices at the Autry for his short play Reeling. In 2015 Katasse had his play Bear in Stream read at the Leviathan Lab in NYC.

Randy Reinholz is co-founder of Native Voices at the Autry. An accomplished producer, director, playwright and actor, he has produced and directed over 75 plays directing productions nationally and internationally at Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles, La Jolla Playhouse, Public Theatre in New York, National Museum of the American Indian in New York and Washington D.C, Idyllwild Arts, CA, The Gilcrease Museum, OK, The Cherokee Casino, The Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, The 30th International Theatre Institute World Congress, for United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 16th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival in Adelaide, Australia, and Queensland State Library, Brisbane, Australia, and University productions for Cornell University, Duke University, University of Miami Ohio, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Illinois State University and San Diego State University where he served as Head of Acting, then Director for the School of Theater, Television and Film and as Director of Community Engagement and Innovative Programs for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.

Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.