Solo Play Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light at the Autry
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Native Voices at the Autry proudly presents the world premiere of Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light by musician, poet, songwriter, and playwright Joy Harjo (Mvskoke). The play is a deeply compelling journey of struggle, displacement, selfdiscovery, and healing. Invoking spoken word, storytelling, music, and song, Harjo takes us on a wild theatrical ride where she tells it like it is with spirit and a mean jazz sax. An allegorical work of tremendous power, Wings demonstrates how theater and art can bring life full circle.
This unique and genre-bending one-woman play features Harjo’s original music and a score that has been pushed and molded by Grammy award-winning record producer Larry Mitchell, who recently produced Harjo’s Winding Through the Milky Way album. Many of the songs are woven throughout the play. “Among Larry’s many gifts,” says Randy Reinholz, Artistic Director of Native Voices and Wings director, "is that he reaches into the story with the music and transports the action in amazing and unusual ways. I think the wide range of sounds he and Joy create together lifts Wings to the point of flight.
“Wings is at the heart of theater — it is a heightened ceremony, a broad intersection of art forms, an intimate act that celebrates the beauty and investigates the inherent paradoxes of the human condition. Joy is fearless, bringing all of her many talents to bear in this tour-de-force performance,” continues Reinholz.
Wings was workshopped and performed as a staged reading at the Public Theater’s 2007 Native Theater Festival in New York. Since then, it has received additional workshops in San Diego, Los Angeles, New Mexico, and Hawaii, and a staged reading with Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles.
Joy Harjo (Mvskoke – Creek Nation) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her seven books of poetry include She Had Some Horses, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems. Her poetry has garnered many awards including a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award, the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, a U.S. Artists Fellow Grant, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has released three award-winning CDs of original music and performances: Letter From the End of the Twentieth Century, Native Joy for Real, and She Had Some Horses. She received the Eagle Spirit Achievement Award for overall contributions in the arts from the American Indian Film Festival. She performs internationally solo and with her band, Joy Harjo and the Arrow Dynamics Band (in which she sings and plays saxophone), and premiered a preview of her one-woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, at the Public Theater in New York City in December 2007. She writes a column titled “Comings and Goings” for her tribal newspaper, the Muscogee Nation News. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Larry Mitchell is a solo artist, sideman, songwriter, and music producer. As a solo artist he has released six guitar instrumental albums, range from mellow acoustic to scorching rock arrangements, which met with significant critical acclaim. In 1999 he was named the much coveted Best Pop Jazz Artist at the San Diego Music Awards, and in 1986 and 1987 he won the New York City Limelight Guitar solo contest. Mitchell has been endorsed by Ibanez Guitars, D’Adarrio Strings, and DiMarzio Pickups since the mid-eighties. As producer, Mitchell has won many production and engineering awards in various categories such as adult contemporary, pop, R&B, and rap. Mitchell won a 2008 Grammy for coproducing the album Totemic Flute Chants: Johnny Whitehorse, released on Silver Wav Records, in the Native American category.