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WI Native American Playwrights Festival

Premeire Two New Native Plays in July 2017

Producer Sabrina Hemken hopes everyone will see the comedy in two plays this year. "Be entertained and see yourself in some of these characters and have a good sense of Native humor. We are multi-faceted people with protests going on and we have lives, goof ups, and things to get done, too," she said. The primeire of “Protectors and Protesters,” and “Bedroom Scene," is July 25, 2017, at 7pm in the Oneida Cultural Heritage amphitheatre, 3703 Hillcrest Drive, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Matthew Cornelius, Jamie Funmaker, Destiny Ortiz-Nicholas, and JayCee Tourtillott wrote the first play, “Protectors and Protesters,” during CMN’s spring 2017 playwriting course. It tells the story of a family that is conflicted over whether to protect Wisconsin’s endangered Effigy Mounds or to stop the Back 49 open-pit sulfide mine in Michigan. With challenges on both fronts, they can’t agree on how to succeed. Yet they’re destined to fail completely if they stay divided.

Workshop participant and veteran playwright, Dawn Walschinski, wrote the second play, “Bedroom Scene.” This play tells the story of how Lori, a woman in her mid-30s, and Dennis, a young man in his early 20s, accidently stumbled into the wrong hotel suite after meeting during a night on the town. This scene begins when as they awake in a panic the following morning and then poster of theatre plays struggle to escape from their mistake unnoticed.

The four shows are all free to the public and vendors will be on hand to sell food and refreshments at all venues. The dates of the shows are:

Oneida: July 25, 2017 - 7 p.m.
Cultural Heritage Amphitheatre
3703 Hillcrest Drive,
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Menominee: July 26, 2017 - 7 p.m.
College of Menominee Nation
N172 Hwy 47/55
Keshena, Wisconsin

Stockbridge: July 27, 2017 - 7 p.m.
Mohican Family Center
N8605 Oak Street
Bowler, Wisconsin

Ho-Chunk: July 28, 2017 - 7.p.m.
Siga Funmaker Community Center
W17634 Radke Road
Wittenberg, Wisconsin


Native Playwrights Workshops

Over the three consecutive Wednesday evenings, Nov. 9, 16, and 23, 2016, the Oneida Community Education Center (CEC) will host a playwriting workshop series. Each session is from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. These workshops are part of the Oneida Nation’s second staging of the “Wisconsin Native American Playwright Festival,” (WNAPF). The festival works with beginner and established playwrights from the badger state to produce new Native American plays in both staged readings and full productions.

This years’ WNAPF will challenge writers by requiring them to tell the story of what happens in a hotel suite at a Native American Casino-Resort. All plays must be set in the suite so the full production can be staged as if multiple patrons’ visit the same room on different occasions. While the location is fixed, the selected playwrights will collectively set the props, layout, and amenities, and of course characters and storyline of the suite.

The workshop will introduce Native writers to playwriting format, mechanics, and structure. Authors are encouraged to submit their new 10-15 minute scripts to the festival by the December 31st, 2016 deadline. A panel will then review the submitted plays and select which ones to advance for a produced staged reading.

Authors will work with Ryan Winn, festival director and College of Menominee Nation faculty member, to revise their scripts before they’re showcased in a stage reading in Oneida in late February, 2017. Judges will score the scripts, and audience members will vote on which scripts will make it into the final WNAPF play festival. The selected scripts will then be staged in a full production in late July, 2017.

Oneida Nation CEC is located at 2632 S. Packerland Drive in Green Bay, WI. Register for the CEC workshops by stopping in, calling 920-496-5260, or email CEC_REG@oneidanation.org. Send workshop content questions to Ryan Winn, rwinn@menominee.edu .

Save the date for the Playwrights writing workshops at South Eastern Oneida Tribal Services, (SEOTS) on Dec. 10 & 11, 2016, from 10:00 – 2:30 pm. SEOTS is located on 5233 West Morgan Avenue in Milwaukee, WI.

 


Call for Auditions for New Theatre Production

Dawn Walschinski’s play, “A Summer Round Dance,” was selected for semi-production this summer by a WI Native Playwright Festival panel. The opening night of the play is Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Rehearsals will be held twice weekly from June 16th to July 22nd.

Auditions will be held on Monday, June 15th, from 6:00 – 8:00 at the Oneida Nation Arts Program, 1270 Packerland Dr., Green Bay, WI 54304 for actors and actresses from ages 14 and older. There are 10 main roles with speaking parts, and many roles for extras. Download list of characters.

“We are looking between 25 – 30 people for acting in the world premiere of A Summer Round Dance by Dawn Walschinski,” said Beth Bashara, director of ONAP. “We are looking for about 25-40 people for the 10 speaking parts, and the extras include 1-2 hand drummers, 3-4 pow-wow dancers, and 4-5 hymn singers all ages,” she said.

The WI Native American Playwright Festival mission is to find, encourage, and cultivate new plays written by Native American people living in Wisconsin. The festival encourages and supports Native American playwrights in the creation of new works to sustain Native American theater as a vital artistic and dynamic and storytelling form.

This project is co-sponsored by the Oneida Nation Arts Program and the College of Menominee Nation Theatre Department. The WI Native American Playwright Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


WI Native American Playwright Festival June, 2015

The WI Native American Playwright (WNAP) Festival mission is to find, encourage, and cultivate new plays written by Native American people living in Wisconsin. The WNAP Playwright Festival encourages and supports Native American playwrights in the creation of new works to sustain Native American theater as a vital artistic and dynamic and storytelling form.

One evening, five new Native American plays. Join us for a bowl of soup, and see the staged readings Sat. March 28, 2015, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Oneida Parish Hall, 2936 Freedom Rd, Oneida, WI 54155. You can also vote for your favorite play. In case of a change of venue, go the Norbert Hill Center cafeteria.

A final selection of the plays will be featured in the main event of the WNAP Playwrights Festival and may include a full theatrical production be held in June of 2015. Runners up in the competition will also be eligible for an award and a workshop production of their script.

Co-sponsored by the Oneida Nation Arts Program and the College of Menominee Nation Theatre Department. This WI Native American Playwright Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more info: Beth Bashara at (920) 490-3833 or Ryan Winn (920) 715-799-6226 ext. 3070.

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