Montana Rep Theatre Presents Play-Reading Series

September 01, 2017

MISSOULA – The Montana Repertory Theatre at the University of Montana will present the first installment of its “4 for 4 Episode Slam” play-reading series at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept.10, in the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center’s Masquer Theatre.

This year’s series features four afternoons of four 24-minute plays. It follows last year’s “5 on 5 Play Slam” during which 15-minute plays were presented.

“Expanding to 24 minutes will challenge the local pool of 12 writers in a new way,” said Greg Johnson, Montana Rep artistic director. “This year’s charge asks them to create work in a longer format – examining the length required for half-hour comedy and drama for television.”

One month prior to each reading date, the 12 writers in the four-for-four pool are given a prompt, which for September’s presentation was “bullies.” Writers then have three weeks to write and present a 24-page manuscript to Montana Rep. The plays are anonymously adjudicated by UM staff and qualified readers. The Rep assigns directors and casts the four top-ranked scripts. One-day rehearsals are held before the Sunday readings, when the audience gathers to celebrate the writers who were selected.

“If last year’s ‘5 on 5’ is any indication, we will have four Sundays of exciting, challenging, often hilarious works generated right here in Missoula,” Johnson said.

A minimum donation of $5 is requested at the door.

For more information, call Chatlain at 406-243-6809 or email


Contact: Salina Chatlain, assistant to the artistic director, Montana Repertory Theatre at UM, 406-243-6809,