As part of Native Voices at the Autry, Cherokee playwright Carolyn Dunn presents her latest work, The Frybread Queen. Involving Aleut, Choctaw and Cherokee actors and producers, it's a production three years in the making that takes place, fittingly, in the nation's only Equity theater devoted to telling the stories of Native American playwrights. In the play, a funeral is the unifying force that brings together three generations of women who promptly compete with each other's recipes for frybread, an age-old Native American staple. Is the modern way of preparation best? Or the traditional way? Dunn's play has no easy answers, but it is the compelling interplay between these mourning women who cherish their individual perception of what it is to be part of tradition that matters most.

Wed., March 9, 8 p.m., 2011

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