MONTANA REP’S VISIONS AND VOICES PRODUCTIONS

Front Street

A historical drama by ANITA VATSHELL
Directed by GREG JOHNSON

AUGUST 11-13, 2016 | MASQUER THEATRE | UM CAMPUS

History. Sex. Opium. Missoula’s fabled red light district and Mary Gleim’s house of ill repute, circa 1895, come to life as Montana Rep continues our “Visions and Voices” series. Anita Vatshell’s historical drama Front Street explores how women coped and survived in the often-hostile environment of towns like Missoula at the turn of the 20th century.

Heading the cast was Colleen Robarsky, Robin Rose, Jeff Medley, Christopher Alexander, Jani Albens and Mark Medcalf. Greg Johnson, the Rep’s artistic director, directed, and Joy French, executive director of the Bare Bait Dance Company, created the choreography. Set design was provided by noted Missoula artist Jack Metcalf, and the soundscape was designed by David Mills-Low. The original score was by Christopher Alexander.

Venus in Fur

A comedy by DAVID IVES
Directed by GREG JOHNSON
Featuring Montana Rep veterans HUGH BICKLEY and KATE SCOTT

AUGUST 21-22, 2015 | DOWNTOWN DANCE COLLECTIVE

Venus in Fur, a hit of the 2012 Broadway season, has had a full and remarkable life in regional theatres around the country. Montana Rep was delighted to bring this work to Missoula audiences as part of our Visions and Voices program.

“A suspense-packed study of the erotics (and semiotics) of power … [that] provides a seriously smart and very funny stage seminar on the destabilizing nature of sexual desire: vanilla-flavored, kink-festooned or anything in between.”
The New York Times

Leveling Up

By DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER
Directed by TYLER D. NIELSEN

APRIL 17-19, 2015 | CRYSTAL THEATRE

Leveling Up was produced at the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where it garnered excellent reviews. Montana Rep was honored and delighted to present 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.

Circle Mirror Transformation

By ANNIE BAKER
Directed by SAM WILLIAMSON

FEBRUARY 14-16, 21-23, 2014 | DOWNTOWN DANCE COLLECTIVE

Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation is a fresh and contemporary meditation on life as seen through the lens of a community theatre acting class. As an eclectic group of five would-be actors participate in strange, seemingly useless acting exercises, they find themselves exposing their souls and relating to one another on the most intimate of levels. Baker’s writing places a premium on language, employing syntax and silences to great effect as she demonstrates, simply and quirkily, the therapeutic power of art.

“Ms. Baker, one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade, writes with tenderness and keen insight about the way people make messes of their lives—and the lives of people they care about.”
— Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

Visions and Voices

Visions and Voices invites members of the Missoula community to submit ideas for new productions. Prior Visions and Voices projects have been Leveling Up, presented at the Crystal Theatre, and 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, 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.

It is the Rep’s goal to invigorate, excite, amuse, and entertain Missoula audiences with theatre fare that asks you to think, laugh, cry, argue, disagree, and leave the theatre somehow moved, amused, and changed.

For more information, call Montana Rep at (406) 243-6809.