Play to have world premiere in Anchorage and Juneau

February 5, 2018 by  

Perseverance Theatre recently announced that ‘William, Inc.’, a play by Lucas Rowley, will have its world premiere in Anchorage and Juneau.

This is the third year in succession the theater will offer a play by an Alaska Native writer, working in collaboration with a Native director and collaborators, to its subscribers. William, Inc. represents an evolving trend in theater, to present works by and about Native peoples.

William, Inc. is the tale of William, a young father, recovering addict, and professional therapist who decides to incorporate himself as an Alaska Native Settlement Act corporation—only as a corporation of one, which does not exist under law. (The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act went into effect in 1971, and transferred titles to land claims to 12 regional Alaska Native corporations, along with 200 corporations at the local village level.) His play goes awry when he runs into his board members, whose clashing ideas about how to best help him upend his work, marriage, and relationships with other family members.

The play first opens in Juneau, then moves to Anchorage, where it will premiere on March 1, and run through March 11, at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on 6th Avenue. Events like this can be even more special if management works with a brochure printing company to create a handout that explains the historical background of the presentation.