Wounded Knee Massacre inspires CalArts MFA Playwright to examine competing historical narratives and themes of love, hate, greed and storytelling in her thesis work, 'Wounded'
Valencia, CA, February 2 - Inspired by the Wounded Knee massacre, MFA playwright Amy Tofte explores competing historical narratives in Wounded, a new play presented by the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater and directed by David Watkins. Wounded will be performed in the Walt Disney Modular Theater (MOD) at CalArts (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355), February 18 through February 19 and February 22 through February 26, 2011 at 8pm with an additional 2pm matinee performance on February 19, 2011. General Admission is $10 and $2 for CalArts Faculty, Students and Alumni. For reservations, please visit http://calarts.edu/calendar after February 11, 2011.
Wounded journeys to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the 1890s and explores the motivations and cultural significance of the Wounded Knee massacre in American history. Wounded Knee is considered the final conflict in the 40-year war between Great Plains Indians and white settlers, supported by the U.S. Army. Filled with love, hate, greed and storytelling, Wounded combines a fictional storyline with detailed historical facts and events. “Wounded has evolved into a larger examination of America and the price we all pay, both personally and as tribes, in the name of progress,” says Tofte.
Amy Tofte received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater at the University of Iowa. She has been a featured playwright at the Last Frontier Festival in Valdez, AK (2009, 2010) and attended the Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwrights Residency (2009). Her plays have been produced in the Midwest, New York, Mississippi, Alaska, and Los Angeles. In August 2011, Tofte’s work will premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a founder and president of Fierce Backbone, a Los Angeles theater dedicated to the development of new plays.
David Watkins, Jr., is a Los Angeles-based director and playwright who specializes in bringing new works to the stage. Recent LA productions include Meditations: Eva Hesse by Marcie Begleiter at Highways Performance Space, and The Limitations of Genetic Technology by Luis Reyes at Theatre of NOTE. Watkins currently serves on the Board of Directors and as head of the Directors Unit for Fierce Backbone. Watkins trained at the University of Iowa, William Esper Studio and Circle Rep Lab.
Warning: This production contains nudity and adult content.