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Native American New Play Festival celebrates American Indian writers

Organized by the Oklahoma City Theatre Company, the third annual event launches this weekend with a two-week run of featured play “Salvage.”
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 1, 2012

Oklahoma City Theatre Company is celebrating American Indian playwrights with its third annual Native American New Play Festival, launching this weekend with a two-week run of “Salvage,” a new play by celebrated poet, novelist and playwright Diane Glancy.

The festival also will feature staged readings June 9-10 of three new plays by its 2012 finalists. Glancy currently teaches Native American literature and creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

Glancy's “Salvage,” the festival's featured play, is set in Cut Bank, Mont., a small town off the Blackfeet reservation near Browning, where Blackfeet Salvage Yard lines the north side of Highway 2. The story's protagonist is Wolf, who has been involved in a deadly car accident that forces his family into a cycle of revenge with the family who was in the other car. “Salvage” deals with the swift and irrevocable change in a family's way of life.

“Salvage” will be directed by Sarah d'Angelo, an Oklahoma City University assistant professor of acting.

The festival's production of “Salvage” features an all-American Indian cast of Oklahoma actors.

Performances of “Salvage” are set for 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Thursday, June 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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