Montana Repertory Theatre to Kick Off 5 ON 5 PLAY SLAM with New Works on Gentrification

Montana Repertory Theatre, the professional theatre-in-residence at the University of Montana, is pleased to launch the inaugural installation of its new 5 on 5 Play Slam project on Sunday, September 11, at 2:00 pm in UM's Masquer Theatre. Admission is $5 cash or check at the door.

Five newly written 15-minute plays by local writers will be given a staged reading using local directors and actors. Plays by Cathy Capps, Kirstin Golga, Kathy Witkowsky, Martha Elizabeth, and Rita Barkey will be featured.

This is the first of five showings of the 5 on 5 Play Slam that Montana Rep will produce between now and May 2017. Upcoming dates are October 9, December 11, March 12, and May 21.

5 on 5 Play Slam is the natural outgrowth of The Missoula Colony, a gathering of artists in support of the writers craft now in its third decade. Every summer, established writers from the coasts come to Missoula to interact with local writers to learn and write together all while enjoying the lovely Missoula summer. Along the way, a strong coterie of local writers has developed; the 5 on 5 Play Slam is the Rep's initiative to challenge this growing and dynamic group of playwrights with prompts and deadlines given to them before each showing.

The first prompt, the results of which will be presented September 11, is "gentrification." Join the Rep as we help cultivate local writers and investigate how they each respond to this timely topic!

Tickets will be available at the door for $5 each (cash or check). For more information, call the Montana Rep office at 406-243-6809.

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