The Winter Bear Project, Southcentral Foundation and the Kenaitze Indian Tribe present The Winter Bear, a play by former Alaska Writer Laureate Anne Hanley.
All events are free with a required ticket available at http://bit.ly/2nCNGq2.
The play, which has been performed for enthusiastic audiences in more than 30 Alaska communities, tells the story of a troubled Alaska Native teenager who decides suicide is his best option until Athabascan elder Sidney Huntington shows him how to use traditional culture to work through his despair and find his true voice. The Winter Bear Project is built around the play, but it also provides school workshops in the performing arts and behavioral health support through its non-profit partners. The mission of The Winter Bear Project is to “change the climate of fear and hopelessness that breeds suicide by broadening awareness, stimulating dialogue and promoting healing through the performing arts.”
The show is directed by Robert Vestal with James Bartlett as Technical Advisor. The company features an entirely Alaska Native cast, with Brían Wescott as Sidney Huntington, Skyler Ray-Benson Davis as Duane, Sara Thiele as Miranda Huntington, DeAndre King as Wolf, Aurora Lewis as Lynx, David Leslie as Wolverine, Benjamin J. Coffroth as Victor Sam, and Jenny Marlowe as Raven.
Major funding for The Winter Bear Project’s 2017 Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula Tour is provided by Southcentral Foundation with additional funding from The Alaska Community Foundation and the Kenaitze Indian Tribe. Communities are providing valuable in-kind donations in the form of lodging, show venues, and local services.
For more information about The Winter Bear Project, visit http://www.winterbearproject.com