The Bird House, a play by Diane Glancy, visiting professor in Azusa Pacific University’s Department of English, makes its world premiere at the Autry in Griffith Park. A nationally recognized Cherokee author and poet, Glancy collaborated with Native Voices, America’s leading Native American theater company, to bring this work to the stage. The Bird House concludes a three-week run with several shows: Thurs., Fri, and Sat., March 14–16, at 8 p.m., and Sat. and Sun., March 16 and 17, at 2 p.m. For reservations, call (323) 667-2000
Glancy’s play tells the story of Reverend Logan, an evangelical preacher fighting to save his family, his church, and his community from an economic crisis when the promise of natural gas production from fracking seems to provide a lifeline for his small Texas town.
“I took the Native American reservation experience and placed it in a church in Ropesville, Texas, surrounded by the overuse of pesticides and fracking,” Glancy said. “I wanted a play that doesn’t look native. I wanted to break down the walls of what is expected in native theater. On a reservation, life often grows smaller through poverty, alcohol, drugs, and the lack of hope and opportunity. In this play, the church suffers the loss of its congregation, the sale of the parsonage, and finally the church itself. It’s a new rendition of the native experience of downsizing.”
The Bird House is Glancy’s fourth collaboration with Native Voices at the Autry. Her other plays include Jump Kiss, Stone Heart, and Salvage, which was featured at the Origins Festival, in London, England. In 2011, Glancy released her first independent film, The Dome of Heaven, garnering Best Native American Film at the Trail Dance Independent Film Festival in Duncan, Oklahoma, and Best Faith-Based Film at the Action on Film International Film Festival in Monrovia. A veteran English professor for more than 20 years, and author of 9 books, 15 collections of poetry, and numerous plays, Glancy cultivates a deep love and appreciation of poetry in her students at APU.