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Perseverance Theatre holds Land Marks Festival next week

Posted: March 15, 2012 - 12:03am

The Perseverance Theatre Land Marks Festival, a week-long conversation about place, culture and identity in the theater, takes place next week, March 19-23. Events include readings, performances and special events, including new and never-produced works and plays in progress.

Here’s a look at the schedule (subject to change):

Monday, March 19: Discussions with Ishmael Hope and an early look at his new play, “Defenders of Alaska Native Country.” The play focuses on Alaska Native lawyer and civil rights leader William Paul, who helped lead the Alaska Native Brotherhood to fight for Native civil rights and worked as an attorney on landmark civil rights cases aimed at overturning Alaska’s Jim Crow laws. Paul was also instrumental in creating the legal framework which would ultimately lead to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.

Showtime is 7 p.m. on the Perseverance Theatre Second Stage. $5.

Tuesday, March 20: A reading of “Flipzoids,” by Ralph Peña, a story of three generations of Filipino immigrants who are searching to understand their identity in their new world. “Flipzoids” will be produced in Juneau by Generator Theater Company and Filipino Community, Inc., April 12-29, at McPhetres Hall.

The reading begins at 7 p.m., on the Perseverance Theatre Second Stage. $5.

Wednesday, March 21: A reading of “The Road Weeps, the Well Runs Dry,” by Marcus Gardley, the second installment in a trilogy about the migration of Black Seminoles (African and Native American people) from Florida to Oklahoma. The first act of “The Road Weeps” traces events leading up to the Civil War in Wewoka, Okla, and the second act follows the war.

Perseverance Theatre will produce “The Road Weeps” in an upcoming season as part of the Lark Play Development Center’s Launching New Plays into the Repertoire program.

The reading begins at 7 p.m., on the Perseverance Theatre Second Stage. $5.

Thursday, March 22: A performance of “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry, with a pre-show reception in the Perseverance Theatre Second Stage, and a post-show discussion. The evening begins at 7 p.m. at Perseverance Theatre. Tickets to the Thursday performance are $20 for adults,

Friday, March 23: A conversation about cultural identity and place through theater, featuring Ishmael Hope, Flordelino Lagundino, Marcus Gardley, and others. This event, part of the UAS Sound & Motion Series, begins at 7 p.m., at the Egan Lecture Hall. Free.

A limited number of festival passes will be available for $30 and include all readings and the performance.

For more information, call Perseverance Theatre at 463-TIXS, or email amy@perseverancetheatre.org

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