Something Inside Is Broken – May 15 – Auburn State Theatre

May 12 – 13, Dietrich Theater, Sierra College
May 14 – Center for the Arts, Grass Valley
May 15 – State theater, Auburn 985 Lincoln Way, Ste 104, Auburn, California 95603


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A Native American Dark Opera about the Nisenan Indians and Sutter’s Reign on the Sacramento Valley.

Auburn, CALIFORNIA – On March 11th, ‘On Native Ground’ will present “Something Inside is Broken”, a courageous story of the Nisenan Tribe of Northern California, through the frontier of Sutter’s reign on the Sacramento Valley. The debut showcase for this production will take place at Sacramento State University with a second release planned at Sierra College March 16th. “We have goals of bringing this to the Smithsonian. We need to be sure a residue of Nisenan tongue remain an imprint on American soil.
We need to preserve a resilient once thriving culture and heroic history. Is Sutter a Hero or a Villain?
Depends on your view-point. This Nisenan Perspective has never been heard. Seven-generations later, our goal is to get people excited about culture again, about their culture,” says story-teller Alan Wallace.

On Native Grounds raised close to $10,000 through an Indiegogo Campaign which has been a humble start to this Spring production. Cast includes Universal signed artist, J Ross Parrelli, Native Ground’s, Jack Kohler, the original members of the Maidu Independent Theater, and original tribal members of the Maidu and Nisenan, including Little Dove, LeeAnn Hu, Anika Brooks and our youngest cast member Danny Herrera. “This is just the beginning to what we are planning on doing, this is a history and a voice that has yet to be heard, and needs to be heard. We deserve to be heard.” says Stan Padilla.

Together, combining sources with local organizations, sponsors, and supporters, this team has created an artistic, story-telling, musical rock-opera of the events that took place from 1846 to the California Gold Rush and Sutter’s discovery of gold. A moment in history that changed the course of Auburn and
Placer County for years to come. “We’ve been blessed to work with members of Placer Arts, Free Flow Academy, UAIC, and local residents. From Choreography to stage, to lighting and sound, actresses/actors,
musicians, stage managers, composers, it takes a big budget and an incredible team, but we feel confident we can give Auburn something to be proud of,” says Auburnite J Ross Parrelli.
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“Something Inside is Broken” is created by Alan Wallace, music composed by Goodshield Aguilar and Jack Kohler, musical arrangement by Simon’ Wilson, a script written by Jack Kohler, produced by J Ross Parrelli (MI5 Recording/Universal Music Group Artist) and support from Artists: Stan Padilla (Placer Arts), Pierre Buttler, Rich Lawson, Mark Hoffman, Megan Chesnut, Carly Kohler, Alex Greenly, Maggie Steele, Alicia Siu, Travis Numan, Edwin Herrera, Travis Lang, Auburn Hip Hop Congress, Beats Lyrics Leaders, and many other local artists and organizations.

“Something Inside is Broken” will be showcased on March 11th, from 7:00-8:00, at Sacramento State University in the Hinde Auditorium. This is a free performance so get there early to grab your seat. The second showcase will be held at Sierra College March 16th at 2pm in the Walker Music Hall D12. Also a Free performance.

For an exclusive preview of promotional videos and to schedule an interview, please contact Alan Wallace at / 530-852-2329 or Jack Kohler at / 707-592-9030