Photo Flash: Off The Rails, Shakespeare Wild West Style

Off the Rails

L-R: Román Zaragoza (Alexie), Ted Barton (General Gatt), Shaun Taylor-Corbett (Momaday), Duane Minard (Grandfather), Robert Vestal (Pryor) and the cast of Native Voices at the Autry’s Off The Rails. All photos by Craig Schwartz © 2015

Off the Rails

Elizabeth Frances (Isabel) and Michael Matthys (Angelo)

Off the Rails

Ted Barton (B’stard) and Robert Vestal (Pryor)


Casting Announced for Off the Rails, a Wild West Measure For Measure


Continuing its role as the only Equity theatre company dedicated to developing new work by Native American artists, Native Voices at the Autry presents Off the Rails by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw*). A bawdy and irreverent adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure set in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, the production is presented as part of Native Voices at the Autry’s 2014–2015 season, themed “Legacy and Loss: Stories From the Indian Boarding School.”

“In Off the Rails I’ve relocated Shakespeare’s conflicts to the American frontier. We see love, righteousness, faith, and mercy compete for provenance in the foundation of a country. Adapting Shakespeare for a Native theatre company provides the structure and historical distance needed to explore why so much of the Native American story is missing from U.S. history,” said Reinholz, Native Voices Producing Artistic Director. More

Audition Update: Native Voices Adaptation of Measure for Measure

Hello Everyone,

Shakespeare in LA is still on hiatus until December 15 but I wanted to let you know about an audition notice for Native Voices at the Autry’s upcoming production of Off the Rails, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure by Randy Reinholz. Similar in structure but with re-imagined plot twists and a new setting in the American West, the play is Shakespeare meets Blazing Saddles. All auditions will take place at the Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 91914 unless otherwise noted.

Open Call: Friday & Saturday Dec. 12 &13, 2014 (Noon – 4:30 pm)

Callbacks: Sunday, Dec. 14 (location TBA) and Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at the Autry (Noon – 4:30 pm)

Equity Auditions: Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 (9:00 – 5:00 pm)

Equity Callbacks (if needed): Sunday & Monday Jan. 4 & 5, 2015
(10:00 am – 4:30 pm)

Rehearsals: February 3-24 (Tuesday-Sunday);
Previews: February 25-26;
Run: February 27-March 15 (Thursday-Saturday 8pm; Saturday-Sunday 2pm)

Please prepare two contrasting monologues – 3 minutes (include Shakespeare for the roles of Angelo, Isabel, Momaday, Madame Overdone, General Gatt, McDonald, Alexie, Elbow, Sheriff). All characters will sing. Mariana and Caitlin must be legit singers. LEGIT SINGERS prepare 16 bars a cappella. Please bring 2 copies of your headshot and resume. BreakdownMore

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