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Monday, March 20, 2017

Native American Voices at The Autry

Footlights: Native Voices at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, CA is giving a loud voice to the stories of Native American people in Fairly Traceable a romantic dramedy, currently being presented as a world premiere, written by Mary Kathryn Nagle, Cherokee citizen, playwright and partner at Pipestem Law, a firm specializing in the sovereignty of Native tribes and peoples. The story follows two law students who juggle career and personal ambitions as they fight for communities besieged by man-made climate change.

1 comment:

Julian Goldman said...

This is one of the most powerful “how I started doing theatre” stories. I think there is a lot of value in using theatre as a way to both give people and voice to tell their stories and give people the opportunity to both hear stories they can relate to and learn about experiences different than their own. I think the play sounds really interesting and important, and also in many ways seems like a play that only Nagle could’ve written since it is so tied to her expertise/ life experience. Separately, I find the way Nagle’s legal and artistic careers combine to fight for Native American rights through two angles, both through changing policy and through changing our culture’s perspective on the issues and increasing awareness and understanding of the problems Native Americans face.

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