Jason Grasl, an actor, workshops his new play "Emergency Management" | Photo by Sylvia Mautner Photography
Jason Grasl, an actor, workshops his new play "Emergency Management" | Photo by Sylvia Mautner Photography
Jason Grasl, an actor, workshops his new play “Emergency Management” | Photo by Sylvia Mautner Photography

LOS ANGELES |  A non-Native family adopts a Cheyenne boy. The adopted kid becomes a rising political star in Arizona. His sister is kidnapped abroad and held for ransom. What is the Cheyenne kid, who tries too hard to be everything to everyone, going to do?

The suspenseful narrative of a new play Emergency Management will be given a free staged reading by Native Voices at the Autry, USA‘s only equity theater company dedicated exclusively to developing the work of Native American playwrights. Reading will take place Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7:30 pm, at the Wells Fargo Theater at The Autry National Center in Griffith Park.  It will be followed by an audience talk back.

Those of us who have been passionate about Native American theater wish that this were more than a ready. We wish it were an actual production. But that is just how it is in the American theater today, especially the do-gooder-but-do-nothing mainstream nonprofit world where they don’t take risks on new writers. Let’s be serious: Have you ever heard of this play’s author Jason Grasl? If you said no, then I’ve proven my point. In the American theater today being a known quantity matters.

Which is why, if you are in the Los Angeles area, you might want to check out this reading, part of Native Voices’ signature FIRST LOOK SERIES: Plays in Progress, 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.

Emergency Management is the second full-length play by Jason Grasl, a member of the Blackfeet tribe. He is an actor. Among his Native Voices acting credits are Teaching Disco Square Dancing to Our Elders and The Further Adventures of Super Indian. Other stage credits include The Blame of Love (which he also wrote), From Little Seeds, Trophies and Tony n Tina’s Wedding. Grasl’s film credits include Fantasy Football: The Movie, The Seminarian, April’s Fools and Banking. Most recently, he appeared in the webseries “Fallout: Nuka Break,” based on the Fallout video game series.

WHO: Native Voices at the Autry, America’s leading Native American theatre company

WHAT: First Look Series: Plays in Progress
Reading of Emergency Management, by Jason Grasl (Blackfeet*)
Executive Producers: Randy Reinholz (Choctaw*) and Jean Bruce Scott

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7:30 pm

Wells Fargo Theater
The Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462


323 667-2000, ext. 299

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