Anne Hanley

Anne Hanley

Anne Hanley is a former Alaska Writer Laureate. She has an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and has worked in magazines, TV, film and theater. Her play, The Winter Bear, which tells the story of an Alaska Native youth wrestling with suicide, has been produced in over 50 villages, towns and cities all over Alaska. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she is a founding member of the Looking Glass Group Theatre.

Plays

  • The Winter Bear
    The Winter Bear is the story of Alaska Native teenager, Duane “Shadow” David, who’s contemplating suicide when he’s sentenced by the Tribal Court to cut wood for Koyukon Athabascan elder Sidney Huntington. At first the two can’t communicate, but gradually they find a shared language based on the old man’s hunting experience and the young man’s video game expertise. Together they construct a Bear Spear in the...
    The Winter Bear is the story of Alaska Native teenager, Duane “Shadow” David, who’s contemplating suicide when he’s sentenced by the Tribal Court to cut wood for Koyukon Athabascan elder Sidney Huntington. At first the two can’t communicate, but gradually they find a shared language based on the old man’s hunting experience and the young man’s video game expertise. Together they construct a Bear Spear in the traditional way. Soon after, Duane is forced to kill a marauding Winter Bear using only the Spear. Sidney is wounded in the encounter so Duane, who’s deathly afraid of showing himself in any public way, must stand in the spotlight and speak for Sidney at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.