Showcased in the 31st Annual Festival of New Musicals

Distant Thunder

2019 Festival Showcase

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 6
Number of Principals (Female): 5
Preferred Ensemble Size: 4
Total Cast Size: 16
Orchestra Breakdown:

Keyboards, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, and two Native musicians who drum/sing vocables, and powwow dance

Casting Notes:

In the tradition of Native Voices at the Autry, we are very passionate about casting artists with Indigenous heritage.

Genre & Style:

While this falls into the dramatic category, there is a tremendous amount of Native humor and joy present in the story and music. Humor is how Native people have endured and survived our collective history.



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Development History

1. Native Voices Playwright’s Retreat and Festival of New Plays
Year – 2012
Location – Native Voices at the Autry, Los Angeles
Type – 1-week writers workshop focusing on the book (with 1 reading for a combined Native/non-Native audience)

2. Amas Musical Theatre Readings
Year – 2013/2016
Location – Amas Musical Theatre, New York
Type – 29-hour reading focusing on the music (with 3 performances for the general public)

3. Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Year – 2017
Location – Ashland, OR
Type – Green Show, Concert Reading for general public.
Black Swan Lab

4. Amas Musical Theatre “Dare to be Different” Series
Year – 2018
Location – A.R.T., NYC
Type – Extended Staged Reading