2018 NATIONAL TOUR
By ERNEST THOMPSON
On Golden Pond is an American treasure. Many of us are familiar with the story through the Academy Award-winning film with Henry and Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. Others have attended one of the literally thousands of productions this extraordinary play has received over the years. Something deep and profound resonates through the events that unfold in this American masterpiece brilliantly penned by Ernest Thompson.
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Telling the great stories of our world to enlighten, develop, and celebrate the human spirit in an ever-expanding community.
2017 EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH TOUR
By JAY KETTERING
It’s the summer of 1919, and Alice Greenough, a teenage spitfire raised near Red Lodge, Montana, is on her way to her first rodeo competition in Forsyth. Her dad always kids that “she has more nerve than brains.” Maybe that’s because her idea of fun is riding buckin’ broncs named Whirlwind, Lightning, and Bone Crusher. But before she even reaches her destination, this ride on the rails opens her mind to a bigger world than she ever imagined.
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Told in under 55 minutes, this comedy rolls across the Big Sky state via steam locomotive, following teenage cowgirl Alice Greenough as she encounters a who’s-who list of famous Montanans. Alice will need that ‘iron will’ she’s known for, because this train ride will prove every bit as exciting and challenging as sticking to the 1,200 pounds of buckin’, snortin’, and kickin’ muscle that’s waiting to greet her at her first rodeo competition!
JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2017
This year our guests are Deborah Laufer, Larissa FastHorse, and John Biguenet. All three professionals will teach a master playwriting class during the week. We will also conduct panel discussions and John Biguenet will deliver a keynote address. The evenings will feature staged readings of new plays. We will read a new piece by each of the guest writer/teachers, and at the end of the week we will stage readings of pieces written by the workshop students.
To learn more, please contact Salina Chatlain at (406) 243-6809 or by email.
Founded in 1996 by Michael Murphy, Marsha Norman, and Montana Rep Artistic Director Greg Johnson, the Missoula Colony is both a place and an idea. The Colony convenes at the University of Montana in Missoula, where five gorgeous Rocky Mountain valleys and three stunning rivers converge. Missoula is a place blessed with incredible natural beauty—a place where writers from all over the world gather to celebrate the art and craft of writing for the stage and screen.