Montana Rep returns to the Crystal Theatre!
We’re pleased to be returning to our former downtown venue with Leveling Up, a new play by Missoula Colony playwright DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER.

Leveling Up

Directed by TYLER D. NIELSEN


Leveling Up was recently produced at the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where it garnered excellent reviews. Montana Rep is honored and delighted to be presenting this wonderful play.

Leveling Up looks at gamers, drones, and the American Dream as seen through the eyes of three twenty-something roommates. A brilliant young gamer, recruited by the National Security Agency to fly drones in actual wartime situations, struggles to cope with the realization that his actions have consequences in the real world. Masterfully written in the voice of a young generation, Leveling Up explores the hazy line between the virtual world and reality.

DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER has been a mainstay at The Missoula Colony, having visited several times as a playwright and teacher. Her play End Days was produced by Montana Rep in 2012. TYLER D. NIELSEN, a local actor, director, and entrepreneur, will direct.

Leveling Up is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Visions and Voices

Leveling Up is a project of Montana Rep’s new creative initiative, Visions and Voices, in which members of the Missoula community are invited to submit ideas for new productions. A prior Visions and Voices project was last year’s Circle Mirror Transformation presented at the Downtown Dance Collective.

Our goal is to investigate, read, workshop, and eventually produce new and challenging works for the stage that demonstrate evidence of vision and voice—works that are both unique and heartfelt. We intend to encourage local, regional, and national theatre artists to bring their visions to fruition in an atmosphere of generosity and collective creativity.

Visions and Voices is not solely concerned with content. We will also focus on establishing appropriate venues and performance times, determining production values needed for a particular experience, and exploring the relationship of the performer to the audience.

What is unique and essential in the live theatre experience?
In our increasingly isolated society, with screens large and small dominating our entertainment and cultural landscape, the need for human interaction has become an increasingly valuable commodity. It is the mission of Visions and Voices to explore the possibilities of fulfilling this most vital of human needs.

515 South Higgins
(Inside The Silk Road)

Tickets for April 17
Friday | 7:30 PM | $15
(Talkback to follow.)

April 18
Saturday Matinee | 2:00 PM
(Pay what you can at the door.)

Tickets for April 18
Saturday | 7:30 PM | $15

Tickets for April 19
Sunday | 7:30 PM | $15

For more information,
call 243-6809.