Darrell Dennis in
Tales of an Urban Indian
(© Native Earth Performing Arts)
Darrell Dennis in
Tales of an Urban Indian
(© Native Earth Performing Arts)
The Public Theater will present post-show discussions following every Tuesday evening performance of writer/performer Darrell Dennis' Tales of an Urban Indian, directed by Herbie Barnes and performing February 20-March 15, with an opening on March 1.

This semi-autobiographical tale is about a young Indian man who moves from living life on the "Rez" to navigating the mean streets of Vancouver's east side.

On February 24, Native director and actor Sheila Tousey will join Dennis, Native Earth Performing Arts Artistic Director Yvette Nolan, and Native Voices at the Autry Artistic Director Randy Reinholz for a discussion on "Balancing Two Worlds: Native Artists in the City and on the Reservation."

The March 3 post-show discussion will focus on "Native Theater in New York City Today," and will be moderated by The Public Theater's Literary Associate Liz Frankel, and include Steve Elm of Amerinda, The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian's Heye Center director John Haworth, Spiderwoman Theater's Muriel Miguel, and Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group's Danielle Soames.

Following the March 10 performance, Cherokee director Betsy Theobald Richards will join with artists from the formative years of the Native Theater movement to discuss "The Rise of Native Theater in New York City in the 1960s and 70s." Panelists will include writer and advocate Suzan Shown Harjo, actor and producer Soni Moreno, and Spiderwoman Theater's Muriel Miguel.

For more information, visit www.publictheater.org.