PUBLISHED: 7:05 PM on Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Perseverance to develop play at Kennedy Center
DOUGLAS - Perseverance Theatre (PT) was recently invited to develop "Battles of Fire and Water" by Dave Hunsaker at the 7th annual Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival in Washington, D.C. Page to Stage brings theatres and writers from around the country to workshop new plays in development for future seasons. Readings and open rehearsals of the new works will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 11, from 2-11p.m each day at Perseverance Theatre. "Battles of Fire and Water" will have its world premiere March 1 - April 5 as part of Perseverance Theatre's statehood celebration on its main stage in Douglas.

At the place we now call Sitka in 1802 and 1804, the Tlingit and the Russians fought a series of bloody battles over Russian settlement there. This conflict shaped the future of the Tlingit people, the Russian Empire and Alaska. "Battles of Fire and Water" is based on the landmark book "Russians in Tlingit America" by Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer, recently published by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

To support the development and production of "Battles of Fire and Water" and the theatre's companion world premiere, "Eight Stars of Gold," Perseverance was recently awarded $51,500 for the Alaska Statehood Experience Grant, supported by the Alaska Humanities Forum and Rasmuson Foundations. "Eight Stars of Gold," co-written by Juneau artist Ryan Conarro and Anchorage playwright Maia K. Nolan, and directed by Conarro, will weave the stories told by diverse Alaskans in exploring our path to statehood and beyond. Perseverance also received a $10,000 American Masterpieces grant, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alaska State Council on the Arts, to develop "Battles of Fire and Water."

For more information, please call Perseverance Theatre at (907) 364-2421 or visit