Alaxsxa | Alaska Rehearsals at COL

Ping Chong + Company will rehearse at the COL for their October 5 and 6 shows at the Sydney Laurence Theatre.

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Created by innovative theater masters Ping Chong + Company, ALAXSXA | ALASKA (uh-LUCK-shkuh) weaves puppetry, video, recorded interviews, and yuraq (Yup'ik drum and dance) in a collage of striking contemporary and historical encounters between Alaska Native communities and newcomers in our state. Performers Ryan Conarro, Gary Upay’aq Beaver (Central Yup’ik), and puppeteer Justin Perkins reveal little-known histories — at times humorous, at times tragic — and juxtapose them against their own personal histories as “insider” and “outsider” in The Last Frontier. Experience intimate encounters with a multimedia performance as epic as the changing landscapes of Alaska.

Since 1975, New York-based Ping Chong + Company has produced theatrical works addressing the important cultural and civic issues of our times, striving to reach the widest audiences with the greatest level of artistic innovation and social integrity.