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.
Tickets are $20 for general admission, $17 for seniors and students and $10 for student “rush” tickets, available 15 minutes before each showtime in person at the box office.
A luncheon with Glancy and other festival playwrights and artists is set for 11:30 a.m. June 10.
Staged readings at this year's festival include “Chalk in the Rain” by Muscogee (Creek) playwright Bret Jones at 2 p.m. June 9; “Broken Heart Land” by Cherokee playwright Vicki Lynn Mooney at 1 p.m. June 10; and “Waaxe's Law” by Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle at 3:30 p.m. June 10. A question-and-answer session with the playwrights and Ponca linguist Louis Headman will follow the staged readings at 5 p.m. June 10.
All staged readings are free and open to the public and reservations are not necessary; however, participants must reserve seats by Sunday for the luncheon by calling 812-7737. For tickets and information, call 297-2264 or go to www.OKCTC.org.