We're excited about this opportunity to focus on the feminine and to offer time, space, and resources to the gender long underappreciated in the world of theatre.

Noted playwrights—Deb Laufer, Molly Rice, and Francine Volpe—will lead Colony 19 along with Salina Chatlain, who has produced the Colony for the past two years. They'll be joined by other women producers, dramaturgs, and directors.

Our eight-day Colony gathering will incorporate the following:
• Writing workshop series with guest writers
• Panels discussing the role and status of women in the writer's workplace
• Rehearsals and staged readings of the guest writers' new work
• Rehearsals and staged readings of the plays chosen from our call for scripts
• A screening of the short film, FIRE SEASON, by Courtney Saunders
• An evening of readings of short plays developed during the week by workshop participants
• Time together on the river, climbing mountains, and generally enjoying summer in Missoula

Colony 19 Schedule (PDF)

To learn more, please contact Salina Chatlain at (406) 243-6809 or by e-mail.

MRT's Colony 19


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WEDNESDAY EVENING EVENTS

THE POLITICS OF GENDER PARITY:
WHAT HAS AND HAS NOT BEEN ACCOMPLISHED
A panel discussion lead by Deborah Zoe Laufer, Molly Rice, and Francine Volpe.

FIRE SEASON by Courtney Saunders
Set during a summer of forest fires in a western Montana mountain town, Fire Season is a short dramatic film that details a young girl's first love with a charismatic boy who hides the darkest of secrets. Read more (PDF)


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OUTSTANDING SCRIPTS CHOSEN


Our call for scripts generated many submissions, from which the following have been chosen for inclusion in the COLONY 19 schedule of rehearsals and staged readings. Selected playwrights (PDF)

The Spindle of Necessity / Carson Grace Becker
Life, Death and Numbers / Moira Keefe
Church / Kate Morris
Funny Bellies / Gaaby Patterson
Pomegranates / Larke Schuldberg
Controlled Burn / Lojo Simon
Leaving Cottonwood / Anita Vatshell

We congratulate these fine writers and thank all who submitted works to be considered for this special Colony. Submissions of high quality were received from playwrights from coast to coast.

We anticipate that Colony 19 will be spirited, engaging, educational, inspiring, uplifting, and great fun. As we examine theatre from the perspective of women, we'll consider how far we have come, how far we still need to go, and who among our talented sisters will be the leading playwrights of the twenty-first century.


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ANGNES RANJO CAPPS SCHOLARSHIP


From left, recipients of this award are Francine Volpe (2014), Vickie Ramirez (2013), Melissa Ross (2012), Diane Glancy (2011), Deborah Zoe Laufer (2010), Lauren Feldman (2009), Nicole Burdette (2008), and Molly Rice (2007). Recipient bios (PDF)

Dr. Cathy Capps established the Agnes Ranjo Capps Endowment in Playwriting in 2007 in memory of her mother, for whom the award is named. Since Colony 12, this scholarship has been awarded annually to emerging female playwrights.

Agnes Ranjo Capps, born in 1919, was the second of eleven children and the first in her family to attend college. Her dream of being a Hollywood actress was interrupted by WWII, but after the war she found success both on stage and backstage. In the 1950s, Agnes and her husband, Charles, moved across the nation as Charles designed numerous CBS stations. They ultimately settled in Las Vegas with their three children and were both very active in local community theatre.

Agnes especially loved writing musicals. In her later years, she became extremely involved in the Senior Theatre Project at UNLV. Charles and Agnes instilled their love of the theatre and creative artistic endeavors in their children, and it was in this spirit that Cathy created the award.


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OUR MISSION

The mission of the Missoula Colony is to foster great writing for the next generation of theatre and film in an atmosphere of generosity, creative fervor, breathtaking beauty, and laughter.

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.

For the past eighteen summers, new and emerging writers have worked alongside experienced professional writers whose work has earned Pulitzer Prizes and Emmy and Tony awards. This mix has proven to be an excellent model for the creative process. Professional writers see their works read in a supportive atmosphere, away from the bright lights and cynical eye of the big cities. They are refreshed and renewed by their time in the mountains—walking amid the splendor of the landscape, floating the rivers, or talking into the wee hours of the morning with fellow writers. Newer writers have the opportunity, in an informal, relaxed setting, to benefit from the knowledge of more experienced writers in an atmosphere of mutual assistance and generosity.

Our idea is to support writers and writing. We do this by encouraging collaboration, creation, risk-taking, and having fun. It is this combination of ingredients that makes the Missoula Colony special.

Montana Rep is delighted to announce the nineteenth annual Missoula Colony: A Gathering of Artists in Support of the Writer's Craft!

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STORIES FROM PAST GATHERINGS

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COLONY 18 | JULY 2013
Sally Mauk's interview with television writer Ron Fitzgerald
Montana Public Radio | 7.15.13 | Listen to audio (11:51) >

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COLONY 15 | JULY 2010
Colony playwrights, actors, directors take break on Blackfoot River
Missoulian | 7.21.10 | Story and video >

15th annual Colony feels like a reunion
Missoulian | 7.16.10 | Read story >


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To learn more about Colony 19, please contact Salina Chatlain, assistant to the Rep's artistic director, at (406) 243-6809 or by e-mail.