Shakespeare meets "Blazing Saddles."
Native Voices at the Autry continues its vital role as the country’s only equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing the work of Native American playwrights with a free staged reading of Measure for Measure: An Indian Boarding School Comedy, a bawdy adaptation of Shakespeare’s play set in the Old West by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw*), founder and producing artistic director of Native Voices at the Autry, on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m., at the Wells Fargo Theater at The Autry National Center in Griffith Park. In Reinholz’ version, love, righteousness, faith and mercy compete for provenance on the frontier when an Indian boarding school, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and local town and saloon inhabitants collide over the fate of a young teenage boy unjustly sentenced to death. The reading, which is followed by an audience "Talk-Back" with Reinholz and the director, is part of Native Voices' signature FIRST LOOK SERIES: Plays in Process, which brings playwrights together with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors for a workshop and public presentation at the Autry, providing an important next step in the play’s development.
Reinholz is an accomplished producer, director and actor who has directed over fifty plays in the United States, Australia, Mexico and Canada. His acting credits include Happy in Death of a Salesman (Pennsylvania Centre Stage); Hotspur in Henry IV, Part I, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and Speed in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); Andrew Ladd III in Love Letters (Heartland Theatre Co.); Doody in Guest of the Nation (The Court Theatre); Lawrence in Home Free, directed by Bill Anton, Coupler in The Relapse, directed by Norman Welsh, Soames in Getting Married, directed by Craig Noel, Timon/Understudy in Timon of Athens, directed by Bob Berlinger, Baron/Understudy in Love's Labor's Lost, directed Craig Noel, Davy/Understudy in Voice of The Prairie, directed by Tom Bollard, Charles in Holiday, directed by Jack O'Brien, and Eros in Anthony and Cleopatra, directed by Jack O'Brien (Old Globe Theatre); and Bentley in Misalliance, directed by Lisa Peterson (The Hanger Theatre). A tenured full professor at San Diego State University, where he was head of acting for ten years before becoming director of the School of Theater, Television and Film, Reinholz was named the director of community engagement and innovative programs for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts in Fall 2012. His television and film credits include Days of Our Lives, Pensacola, China Beach, Tour of Duty and Dead Space.
NATIVE VOICES AT THE AUTRY is America’s leading Native American theatre company. Acclaimed by critics as “a hotbed for contemporary Native theatre,” “deeply compelling” and “a powerful and eloquent voice,” the company continues to build on its storied and prolific history as the country’s only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing and producing new works by Native American playwrights. Native Voices, which provides a supportive, collaborative setting for Native theatre artists from across North America, was founded in 1994 by Producing Artistic Director Randy Reinholz (Choctaw*) and Producing Executive Director Jean Bruce Scott. In 1999, it was established as Native Voices at the Autry, a resident company at the Autry National Center of the American West. Native Voices maintains successful long-term relationships with New York’s Public Theater, Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT), Washington’s Kennedy Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, Perseverance Theatre, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Montana Rep and La Jolla Playhouse. Hailed by critics also as “a virtual Who’s Who of American Indian theatre artists” and “an established presence in Los Angeles and a growing influence elsewhere,” Native Voices is widely respected in both the Native American and theatre communities for its breakthrough plays and diverse programming, which showcases the unique points of view within the more than 500 Native American nations in North America. To date, the company has produced 22 critically acclaimed new plays, including 15 world premieres, 10 Playwrights Retreats, 20 New Play Festivals, 2 Short Play Festivals and more than 150 workshops and public staged readings of new plays by Native American playwrights featuring Native American actors.
THE AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs, which include lectures, film, theatre, festivals, family events, and music, and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant of Native American materials in the United States.
Admission to the reading of MEASURE FOR MEASURE: AN INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOL COMEDY is free.
Event Is Part Of Native Voices’ Signature First Look Series: Plays In Process.