Meet the Playwright: A Conversation with Frank Henry Kaash Katasse

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Playwright, author, screenwriter, actor, educator, director… Tlingit theatre artist Frank Henry Kaash Katasse is certainly a multi-talented guy! And in just over a month, his brand new play Where the Summit Meets the Stars will receive its world premiere production on the Perseverance Theatre mainstage. 

Theatre Made Me Trans: An Out & Proud Playwright

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Theatre made me trans.  No, but seriously, if I hadn’t been introduced to theatre, I would be a different person. And that person would be very unhappy and unable to make sense of who they are.  Before I learned how to write, five-year-old me used Broadway cast recordings of Les Misérables, Urinetown, and Fiddler on the Roof as a means …

An Alaska-Wide Time Capsule: Where Will We Be Ten Years From Now?

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It’s been a long journey since Covid first struck, and though it’s not over, it does feel good to say that we at Perseverance have completed our first full season of in-person theatre since March of 2020.  We’ve had to be flexible, cautious, optimistic, and we worked hard to make it happen as safely as possible. And when we opened …

The Artist Behind Fun Home: Why You’ve Heard of Alison Bechdel

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Two years ago, we were forced to close our doors to in-person audiences just days before opening night of Fun Home. Unsure of when we would be back, if ever, this show became the production that never was, and we anxiously awaited the day when we could open up our space and fill the theatre again.

Acting Through the Pandemic

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My name is Jared Olin. I am Tl’eeyegge Hʉt’aane, and I’ve come to Perseverance Theatre (PT) as this year’s Artistic Apprentice. When asked about what I’d like to focus on throughout the year, I responded with acting, directing, and writing. I’ve come to work on and learn so much about all three of these focus areas, but acting was my first significant assignment from the theatre in my role as Carl/Ceygan in Jared Michael Delaney’s Voyager One.

Meet the Director: A Conversation with Randy Reyes

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Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself, and what you’re doing here in Juneau. A: Hello, my name is Randy Reyes. I am the director of The Brothers Paranormal and this is my first time in Alaska, from Minneapolis, MN! Q: How did you first become involved with Perseverance Theatre? A: Well, Leslie Ishii brought me to Perseverance Theatre. …

Meet the Playwright: A Conversation with Vera Starbard Pt. 2

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With the holiday season behind us, you may be wondering, “How can I continue to enjoy Vera Starbard’s incredible work now that A Tlingit Christmas Carol has passed?” Trust me, we’ve all been there.  But fear not! With a seemingly unending list of exciting projects stacked up on her to-do list, there is no shortage of Vera Starbard writing to …

Meet the Playwright: A Conversation with Vera Starbard Pt. 1

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‘Tis the season! For evergreen trees and cookie decorating and singing? Sure! For gifts and colorful lights and snowmen? Absolutely! But most importantly, ‘tis the season for your holiday theatre favorite.  That’s right! This year, the multi-part virtual production of A Tlingit Christmas Carol by Vera Starbard is back at Perseverance Theatre, and we couldn’t be more excited. To celebrate …

The Golden Record: A Journey Through Space and Time

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On September 5, 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 1 space probe out of our atmosphere and into the cosmos. Fast forward 44 years to 2021. This is when I read Jared Michael Delaney’s sci-fi play Voyager One for the very first time, and I’ll admit, I had absolutely no idea what the Voyager 1 space probe even was. Or I …

Bringing Down The Heat: De-Escalation and Safety

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If you’ve ever worked in customer service before, then you definitely know what it’s like to face a challenging customer. Maybe someone’s order isn’t exactly how they’d like it. Or perhaps, they’re frustrated by the time it’s taking for them to be served. These days, it may even be someone who is upset that they have to wear a mask …