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About the Grant

$28,000 to support the development of Salvage (MAP 2007) by Cherokee playwright Diane Glancy. Through Native Voices at the Autry, Glancy will have the opportunity to conduct additional historical research for the work and the play will be presented in a one-week workshop, a public staged reading, and then as a four-week Equity production at the Autry National Center.

About the Project

Isolation and loss echo throughout the work of Cherokee poet, novelist, and playwright Diane Glancy. Her latest play, Salvage, will be developed and presented over the next year by Native Voices at the Autry. Salvage is a simple but painful story, focusing on a Native American family as they struggle with the aftermath of an automobile accident. Memela, her husband Wolf, and his father Wolfert are General Indians, mixed-bloods who have lost some but not all of their traditions. The play explores how these characters are pushed out of the lives they have made for themselves into new and horrific territory. Over the course of the play, a cycle of revenge leads to the destruction of two families.

The project begins in fall 2007 as Glancy travels from her home in Minnesota to the Autry National Center in Los Angeles to continue research and revisions to the script. The play will further be developed through a professional workshop that culminates in a public staged reading in November 2007. During the workshop, the artistic team will concentrate on the relationship and tension between Wolf and Memela. The team will also explore ways of incorporating historical photography and recordings, videotaped images, and traditional Blackfeet music and dance into the production script, as well as how best to depict visions experienced by Wolfert. Native Voices at the Autry will then produce Salvage under an Equity contract in Los Angeles in 2008.

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