Perseverance Theatre Presents CIKIUTEKLLUKU, 11/29-12/2


Perseverance Theatre and Out North in association with the Alaska Native Heritage Center and Native Voices at the Autry present a developmental production of Cikiuteklluku by Holly Stanton, directed by Ed Bourgeois.

Performances will be Friday, November 30 and Saturday December 1 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 p.m., with a Pay-As-You-Can Preview November 29 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for Seniors, Military and Youth and are available at or by calling 263-ARTS (2787). The Pay-As-You-Can Preview tickets will be at the door on the evening of the performance. More information can be found at or

Cikiuteklluku (Giving Something Away) explores the subject of Native adoption. Native adoption to non-native persons is a hotly contested subject in Alaska. There is one faction that believes it is what is best for the child and the others that believes it will result in the loss of native culture and "brain drain" from the villages. The play also touches on contemporary subjects of substance-abuse and teen angst (Yupik Style).

In Cikiuteklluku (Giving Something Away) Liza Toopetluk, a young girl from rural Alaska, faced with an unwanted pregnancy must choose between giving her baby to family members (adopting in) - and restricting her child to a life in the village, a life she herself is trying to escape or adopting her baby out to a Caucasian family, which may secure more opportunity for the child but will surely result in 'giving away' the values and lifestyles of her Yupik culture.


Director: Ed Bourgeois
Lighting Design: Art Rotch
Costume Design: Colleen Metzger
Video Design: Joshua Lowman
Stage Manager: Melody Paytner


Marianna: Rose Roehl
Boyag: Maxton Scott
Jill Sullivan: Jill Sowerwine
Lucy: Martha J. Jack
Liza: Mary Lou Rock
John Sullivan: Jeff Aldrich
Father: Fred Jack


Thursday, November 29, 8:00 p.m. - Pay-As-You-Can Preview
Friday, November 30, 8:00 p.m. - Opening Night
Saturday, December 1, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 3:00 p.m.

Perseverance Theatre was founded in 1979 in Juneau. Thirty years later, we’ve grown into a leading professional theatre in Alaska, recognized both statewide and nationally for our programming, training and development that’s reflective of the Alaskan community, including 65 world premieres of plays by Alaskan and national playwrights. Perseverance Theatre’s mission is to create professional theatre by and for Alaskans. We value community engagement, professional rigor, and regional voice. Last year, Perseverance launched the initiative to begin performing a season of plays in Anchorage as a resident company in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Find more information on Perseverance Theatre at You can also follow Perseverance Theatre at and

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