The world premiere of Carbon Black

Native Voices – Resident Theater Company of the Autry National Center of the American West – launches the 2009-10 play series with the world premiere of Carbon Black, a humor-tinged suspenseful psychological drama by Terry Gomez (Comanche) and directed by Native Voices Founder/Producing Artistic Director Randy Reinholz (Choctaw), which runs Saturday, November 7 to Sunday, November 22, 2009 (previews begin Wednesday, November 4) .

Gripping and enigmatic, the play vividly portrays a mother/son relationship held hostage by agoraphobia and media-inspired fear. The cast includes award-winning actress Tonantzín Carmelo (Tongva, Kumeyaay), Sheila Tousey (Menominee, Stockbridge Munsee), Stephan Wolfert and Michael Drummond.

Gomez, a playwright, writer, director, actor, educator and painter, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Native Theater Festival at The Public Theater in New York City, where her play Inter-Tribal was produced. Among her other produced works are Tobacco Leaves, Numunu Waiipunu: The Comanche Women, Antigone, A Day at the Nighthawk, Rain Dance, Melanin, Acedia, Reunion and The Woman with a Mustache. She has been a director for the Two Worlds Native Theater Festival and the Cool Side of Hell Theater Troupe, Institute of American Indian Arts.