New Indigenous Voices 2008

La MaMa E.T.C

in association with the

 Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative  


New Indigenous Voices 2008:

Indigenous Theatre from Aotearoa (New Zealand) 

November 24-26 


Admission to all events are FREE with $10 suggested donation.

All performances take place at

 The Club at La MaMa E.T.C., East 4th Street between 2nd Ave. and the Bowery.

Subways: 6 to Astor Place or N,W,R to 8th Street or F to 2nd Ave. 

For Reservations
Call 212-533-0889 or email


For more information on readings and our 2009 programming, go to


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Add'l Links :La MaMa E.T.C


Monday, November 24

Indigenous Theatre from Aotearoa (New Zealand): Opening Panel Discussion
Opening Panel Discussion with playwrights Makerita Urale (Samoa), Victor Rodger (Samoa) and actress Nancy Brunning (Ngati Raukawa, Ngäi Tühoe). Excerpted Staged Readings of Frangipani Perfume, by M. Urale and My Name is Gary Cooper, by V. Rodger.
Reception in the Club.
Tuesday, November 25
Staged Reading of Frangipani Perfume by Makerita Urale, directed by Jennifer Rice (Tuscarora) followed by Post-Show Discussion with the playwright and featured actor Nancy Brunning.
Frangipani Perfume is a powerful and sensual black comedy about three Samoan sisters who have left their childhood home in the Pacific to work as cleaners in New Zealand.
Wednesday, November 26 
Staged Reading of My Name is Gary Cooper by Victor Rodger, directed by Victor Rodger followed by Post-Show Discussion with the playwright and featured actor Robbie Magasiva (Maori).
My Name is Gary Cooper is a roller-coaster ride through cultural appropriation and the impact of the American film industry on the South Pacific (and vice-versa). 


2009 Upcoming Events
La MaMa E.T.C. in association with AATI presents:

Yanagai! Yanagai! by Andrea James (Yorta Yorta), directed by Harold Dean James and Karen Oughtred 

Opens Jan. 8, 2009
at La MaMa E.T.C. 


Yanagai! Yanagai! evokes a place where past, present and future exist as one. Set in a mythical landscape on the banks of the "Dhungula" which white fullas call "The Murray", features children and elders, spirits and ghosts, dingoes and min-min lights, threaded together to tell the tales of colonial law, a people and their land.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, LMCC and generously supported by Creative New Zealand, the New Zealand Consulate-General and the American Australian Association.

Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Donations to "Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative, Inc." are fully deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative | | New York | NY | 10003

Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative (AATI)

Dear friends and supporters,


Thank you for your continued support of the Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative (AATI), the only New York based theater company presenting Festivals of new work by emerging and established indigenous writers and artists from Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and the United States. AATI will present its inaugural main-stage production and the New York premiere of Yanagai! Yanagai! by Australian Aboriginal playwright, Andrea James (Yorta Yorta) at La MaMa E.T.C. opening January 8, 2009.


The play tells the land rights struggle of the Yorta Yorta people whose country is on the vast river and lake system in far northern Victoria on the border of New South Wales in Australia. Yanagai! Yanagai! evokes a place where past, present and future exist as one, using music, puppetry and touches of magic realism. For more information on the play and its history, please visit our website at


Since 2004, AATI has presented an annual Staged Reading Series and Post-Show Discussions of works by international and local indigenous artists, New Indigenous Voices. All events are free and open to the general public. While in New York, the invited artists conduct workshops free of charge at universities, colleges, theatre institute and public schools.


AATI has received some financial support but in order to make our main-stage production of Yanagai! Yanagai! a reality we need your help!  Please make a donation today.  No gift is too large or too small. The Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 organization and all donations are fully deductible to the extent permitted by law.


We accept donations by check, credit card or cash. Please make checks payable to:

Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative

60 2nd Ave., # 4

New York, NY 10003


To donate by credit card, please go to and type in the email address


I look forward to welcoming you to AATI's events!


You can learn more about AATI and our 2008 programming, by visiting our web site at


Yours sincerely,

Karen Oughtred

Artistic Director, Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative

News from The Production Company, An Australian-American Alliance

News from The Production Company, An Australian-American Alliance




Dear Friends:

I am pleased to announce that we have some fantastic additions to our 2008-09 season.

We will be presenting the World Premiere of Blair Singer's play The Most Damaging Wound.  Blair's credits include Placement (four LA Weekly Award nominations), Notice Me (upcoming  from James Hammerstein Productions with Alison Pill and Kieran Culkin) and writing on the 3rd season of the hit Showtime series "Weeds." I have recently had the opportunity to get to know Blair and his work and I could not be prouder to be introducing it to New York audiences. The Most Damaging Wound will be running from November 6-30 and we are thrilled that we will be joining the good people at Manhattan Theatre Source for this production!

Next up is the American Premiere of the acclaimed new Australian play Love by Patricia Cornelius in March 2009.  Patricia is one of Australia's master playwrights and introducing this beautiful, devastating play to New York theatergoers has been at the top of my must-do list.  I am very honored that my friend Blake Lawrence from Keen Company will be joining us to direct Love.


Thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm! Please feel free to contact me with any questions at


Best wishes-and hope to see you at the theater!



Mark Armstrong

Artistic Director

Two Magdalena Gatherings 20-25 March: Brisbane, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand.

Two Magdalena Gatherings will take place from 20-25 March: one in Brisbane, Australia and the other in Wellington, New Zealand. Both groups are coming together to present and discuss work-in-progress and to share and exchange skills and ideas. The two groups have set up a shared blog: which will be updated during the Gatherings with news, information and resources.
Magdalena Aotearoa National Gathering, 20-25 March, NZ – draft programme now online
MAGDALENA TALKS BACK, Easter 2008, Brisbane
The Almond and the Seahorse, Wales, until 15 March
ZID Theater at LA Womens Theatre Festival, 27-30 March
Objetoras de Concienca
Solo para mayores de 40 – Danza y Composición – Abril, B.A.
"EL ÚLTIMO ENSAYO" – Grupo Cultur al Yuyachkani
"La Cantora" nominada – Luisa Calcumil
Celebración del día de la mujer, Madrid, 8 marzo
CoW in Mostar on IWD, 8 March
International Women's Day Reading by TWTP, Florida
Funny Women event, London, 8 March
Teatro 8 de marzo
Apocryphal Theatre presents Besides, you lose your soul… March 9, London
Diosas del Olvido, Abrego Teatro, Madrid, 10 marzo

VERBO 08 – performance works – São Paulo, Brazil – July

Arts In The One World 2008 Notes
The Magdalena Project – international network of women in contemporary theatre
El Proyecto Magdalena: Red Internacional de mujeres en el teatro contemporaneo

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