Now in its tenth season, Native Voices at the Autry brings the West Coast premiere of the hit one-man show Tales of an Urban Indian to Glendale beginning Thursday, March 11.
Canadian triple threat (comedian/playwright/actor) Darrell Dennis, a member of the Shuswap tribe, portrays a contemporary urban Indian making his sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad, always entertaining way from the reservation to the city, skewering stereotypes along the way. Backstage called Tales of an Urban Indian “a searing blend of anger, pride and resolution.” The Village Voice wrote of this semi-autobiographical show, “Dennis has a lovely theatrical presence — charming, high-spirited, a little dorky and a little anguished.”
Two post-performance “Talk Back” programs on the next two Sundays will let the audience talk with the playwright. On March 14 Dennis will be joined by Micah Ian Wright (Muscogee Creek tribe) and Jason Gavin (Blackfeet tribe), members of the American Indian Writers Committee for the Writers Guild of America, West.
Native Voices at the Autry is the country’s only Equity theater company dedicated to producing new works by Native American playwrights and performed by Native American actors. Hailed by critics as “a virtual who’s who of American Indian theater artists” and “an established presence in Los Angeles and a growing influence elsewhere,” it has been a resident company at the Autry National Center of the American West since 1999.
Tales of an Urban Indian
Previews: Thurs. & Fri., March 11-12, 8 p.m. & Sat. March 13, 2 p.m.
Performances: Sat. March 13 – Sun. March 28; “Talk Backs” follow performances March 14 & 21
Wells Fargo Theater, Autry National Center of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way , Los Feliz
$20; ($12 for Autry members); previews half-price