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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.