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DIVA NEWS ARCHIVE -- DECEMBER 2006


November 30, 2006

Super Indian at the AutrySUPER INDIAN LIVES AT THE AUTRY!

Hilarity ensues when Arigon's radio comedy "Super Indian" is performed before a studio audience!

What happens when twelve actors, a veteran director, a sound effects crew and three live musicians get together at the Autry National Center? "Controlled chaos," answered Arigon Starr, our Diva and the creator of "Super Indian." Arigon was one of the talented writers tapped to work intensively on their projects during the Native Voices at the Autry's 2006 Festival of New Plays. "Randy (Reinholz) and Jean (Bruce Scott) were really excited about 'Super Indian' after the performance at the National Audio Theater Festival in West Plains, Missouri. The audience responded to the off-beat, Native humor and were inspired to bring the show to Los Angeles," said Arigon. [Pictured are Kalani Queypo (Left), who brought Hubert Logan/Super Indian to live and Zahn McClarnon (Right) who portrays Hubert's best friend and sidekick General/Mega Bear.]

Arigon's assignment was to take characters from the pilot episode and craft ten (10) five minute episodes. "That may not sound like much writing, but I'm sure most writers out there will agree that hardest part of the process is cutting scenes, characters and jokes from the script. There was so much I wanted to tell about how hero Hubert Logan became Super Indian -- but I also had to keep the story moving and exciting," Arigon revealed.

The challenge of wrangling and choreographing the twelve-member cast fell to director William "Bill" Dufris. Dufris is an experienced actor and producer, who was assisted by noted poet/singer/playwright Carolyn Dunn. "Many of the Native Voices company of actors had never done radio theater before," smiled Arigon. "They more than stepped up the plate -- they hit it right out of the park." Included in the talented cast were Tom Allard, Gil Birmingham, Tonantzin Carmelo, Thirza Defoe, Robert Owens-Greygrass, Michael Matthys, Zahn McClarnon, Kalani Queypo, Joseph Sanfelippo, Kevin Sifuentes, DeLanna Studi and Robert Vestal. "I loved hearing the voices I've been hearing in my head all summer come to life," laughed Arigon. From the Swedish super villian Wampum Baggs to the Niles Crane-inspired Diogi, each of the actors brought their creative energy to the denizens of the fictional Leaning Oak Reservation. "Some of my personal favorites were Joe Sanfelippo as the Scottish rapper villian Twiggus McFiggus and Kevin Sifuentes as the Native American Godfather Vito Coeur D'Alene. Everyone did such a great job with such little rehearsal that it kind of hurts to single out one over the other," smiled Arigon. Also joining the troupe onstage were Sue Zizza (who also served as dramaturg) and Janna Lopez who provided live sound effects. "Janna Lopez got some big laughs from the audience just by eating a handful of chips," yukked Arigon. "She was providing the sound narrative for Hubert Logan, who was drowning his sorrows in a bag of Ruffles." Also adding to the merriment were Dean Mora on keyboards, Charlie Otte on Fiddle/Mandolin and Vincent Whipple on Native flute and percussion. "I thought the audience was going to lose it when Dean and Vincent came up with a Native-themed version of 'The Godfather' theme 'Speak Softly Love,'" laughed Arigon. The song underscored Kevin Sifuentes' take on the famous Marlon Brando character.

The packed audience at the Wells Fargo Theater was on the edge of their seats and stayed afterwards to heap praise on the production. The good news for everyone who missed this version is that the final, honed series will be brought to life by Native Voices at the Autry in April 2007. "I have a lot of work ahead of me to get 'Super Indian' in shape. However, it's happy work -- the kind of long days being creative in front of a computer that I used to dream of when I was a new kid in Hollywood." Save these dates -- Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th in 2007 for your chance to see "Super Indian" recorded live before a studio audience. More details to come about purchasing tickets, group sales, etc. soon.


Arigon at the Native Fall Music FestivalGREAT MUSIC IN T-TOWN AS ARIGON AND HER BAND PERFORM AT THE NATIVE FALL MUSIC FESTIVAL IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA

Arigon took a trip back to visit the home crowd in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the weekend of November 17-19. She was a headliner at the first Native Fall Music Festival produced by the Muscogee Creek Nation, Tulsa Indian Pow-Wow Club and the Native American Times. The three day festival featured autograph signings by a group of famous football players from Oklahoma University and sixteen different musical acts from across Indian Country. "There was a good mix of music -- everything from rap to country to blues to rock," said Arigon.

She traveled with bassist Thaddeus Graham and drummer Adam Steinberg in addition to Wacky Productions' CEO Janet Miner. "We're always lucky when Janet gets to travel with us because she so busy," said Arigon. "Adding Adam Steinberg to the mix was fun. He's a longtime friend and musical associate of Thaddeus Graham's and really drove the set with his excellent drumming."

The band performed songs from Arigon's extensive catalog which showcased tracks from each of her four CDs. The show also included Indian Country favorites like Williams & Ree and Litefoot.

Turtle Frybread"The Creek Nation, Native American Times and Tulsa Indian Club outdid themselves. It was so exciting to see a first time festival so well run and well attended. I think Native folks are starved for Native music. Any chance to perform before a home crowd is a blessing," said Arigon.

As you can see from the backstage photo of Arigon above, there were also several frybread competitions, including a "Best Frybread," "World's Largest Frybread" and a frybread eating contest.

"We didn't get see all of the action," said Arigon, "But we did get to witness one of the McKosar's win the frybread eating contest. He was a little guy! Don't the little guys always win those eating contests?" laughed Arigon.

Arigon was impressed with Wanda Whiteman's frybread making skills. "I've never had Cheyenne-Arapaho bread. I'll add it to my list of tribal varieties," said Arigon. Not only did Ms. Whiteman compete in the "Best" frybread category, she also created a unique turtle-shaped bread.

"That was some good eating," said Arigon. We're sure many people agreed. The crowd responded positively to Muscogee Nation's George Tiger's good humor and his proclaimations that this festival was "The First Annual."

We certainly hope so!


Arigon at the Native Fall Music Festival

ARIGON WAS A FEATURED PERFORMER AT THE 22ND ANNUAL NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK'S CONFERENCE IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA

[Okay -- we admit right off that bat the photo at the right is from the Native Fall Music Festival, not the performance in Cedar Rapids! -- Editor]

Arigon was invited to participate in the National Performance Network's annual conference in beautiful Cedar Rapids, Iowa from November 7-13. The event gathered theater and dance companies from across the United States to network and discuss the state of the business. This year's conference spotlighted Native American performers and the producers at National Performance Network selected a diverse representation of talent. Included performers were musician Wade Fernandez, dancers Rulan Tangen and Dancing Earth and performance artist James Luna. "I really relished the chance to talk with James Luna. I'm a big fan of what he does to bust stereotypes and change percepations," said Arigon.

Arigon peformed a twenty-minute excerpt from her hit one-woman show "The Red Road." "I wasn't sure how the mostly non-Native audience would react to my piece, but they laughed heartily and clapped loudly," grinned Arigon. The Conference also represented a number of prestigious theaters and universities who will hopefully book "The Red Road" into their facilities. "I was so happy to be included with such top notch professionals," said Arigon. "Plus, Iowa is beautiful in the late fall. I even had time to check out the local art museum and enjoy the paintings of famous local artist Grant Wood." If you're wondering who Grant Wood is, check this out -- he's the guy who painted the iconic "American Gothic."



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