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Creative Team

Director - Sherri Kronfeld
Designer - Georgia Lowe
Lighting Designer - Richard Williamson
Sound Designer - Damian Reynolds
Asst. Director - Katie Lewis
Costumes - Sarah Ferdinando
Dramaturg - John M. Baker
Stage Manager - Adam Tripp

Cast

David Ames
Christopher Berry
Mark Curtis
Kevin Watt



Yaller Skunk Theatre Company Present...

I Am Montana

By Samuel D. Hunter



2nd June - 27th June @ Arcola Theatre
Evenings: Mon - Sat @ 8.15pm

Home in Montana after a traumatic stint in the Israeli Army, Eben embarks on an increasingly perilous road trip to give a presentation at the national headquarters of his mega-store employer, Valumart. Traveling in an El Camino, Eben is trapped between his concerned best friend, Tommy, and the ardent admiration of a meth addicted co-worker. Along the way, secrets are revealed and painful memories are exposed, and Tommy soon learns that Eben’s plans for the Valumart convention go far beyond a simple presentation on the future of retail. A dark take on the destruction of the rural landscape and the disenfranchised minimum- wage employee, I AM MONTANA is an examination of violence and fanaticism.

'When you live in something so oppressive, so horrible, so steeped in stupidity and shit - sometimes you have to do something ugly to make progress.’

This is a political play that is fiercely apolitical; the play touches on socio-political ideas about drug use, rampant corporatism and the Palestine-Israeli conflict without taking sides or pretending to find answers. Set in a soulless landscape of megastores and cheap motels the story’s realism is complemented by surreal sidetrips into dreams and fantasies.

Samuel D. Hunter grew up in a small town in Northern Idaho, near the Montana border. In 1998, at age 17, he worked thirty hours a week at a local Walmart, his first summer job. Seven years later, he had another summer job, teaching playwriting at theatres and in refugee camps in the West Bank. I AM MONTANA was born from Hunter’s challenge to combine these two formative experiences. He is currently a playwright-in-residence at the Juilliard School. His plays have been developed or produced at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Montana Repertory Theatre, Juilliard, the Flea Theatre, Ars Nova, the Lark Theatre, the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and elsewhere. Recently, Sam was awarded the 2008-2009 PONY (Playwrights of New York) Fellowship from the Lark Theatre.

Sherri Kronfeld is a New York-based director whose credits include premieres by Adam Rapp, Alice Tuan, Ken Urban and Tommy Smith, at venues such as Ensemble Studio Theater, The Flea Theater, HERE Arts Center, FringeNYC, chashama and Dixon Place. B.A. Theatre, Barnard/Columbia. Sherri is on staff at The Flea Theater and lives in Harlem.



Reviews


**** (four stars)
'A meticulous production...a tight, gripping and stimulating piece'
'The performances are all strong. Kevin Watt’s Eben burns with repressed anger while David Ames evokes both empathy and mild irritation with the optimistic Tommy. Christopher Berry is convincing as the spaced out stoner with a gun, while Mark Curtis, in dual roles, is unnerving as the Valumart Valupig yet a sympathetic suicide bomber'
'Sherri Kronfeld’s production is slick and energetic'
'The simple set of boxes stamped with the Valumart Valupig, is used imaginatively. The atmospheric lighting proves that less can be more...Damian Reynolds’ soundscape adds to the tension'
Rick Perrins, WhatsOnStage

'Sherri Kronfeld’s production is well acted'
Sam Marlowe, Time Out

'Samuel D. Hunter has written a remarkable play which metaphorically punches its audience in the chest from opening moment to emotionally-moving end. The shifts in narrative, the subtle imagery and points of reference, all add to an evening of intelligent and memorable theatre
'Sherri Kronfeld has directed a remarkable piece of theatre'
'For an evening of passion and love and story-telling at its theatrical best, I Am Montana cannot be beaten'
'The four actors who play five distinctive roles are quite astonishing'
Kevin Quarmby, British Theatre Guide

'A rare feat in British theatre today'
'Intense performances...each fleshed out brilliantly by the young cast. Kevin Watt, David Ames and Christopher Berry manage to run the full gamut of emotions'
Angus Taylor, Plays International

'Sherri Kronfield’s production is well paced...fascinating'
'It’s the performances that keep you with it. Kevin Watt slowly and subtly reveals how truly fragile and disturbed Eben is following his horrific experiences. David Ames is poignant as the clingy but caring Tommy and Christopher Berry is amusingly - and later, frighteningly - intense as meth-head Dirk'
Natasha Tripney, The Stage

'Hunter executes the staple American road-trip movie concept to the stage and does so with complete success'
'What truly makes the play a joy to watch is the performances of the cast. The four men are all exceptional in their work'
'I Am Montana fulfils its purpose with great achievement'
'The play’s attempts at breaking conventions and stretching the rules that are all-too familiar with socio-political and road-trip stories is admirable. It blends the two together to create something that is unique within itself and does it with considerable success'
Jafar Iqbal, Extra! Extra!

'There are plenty of good ideas in this play...all four actors work well with the material'
Sam Smith, musicOMH

'I Am Montana is complex, intelligent, well acted, thought provoking...perfectly formed'
'The piece is helped along by a brilliant cast, all of them confident and skilled in handling such complicated personalities'
GaydarNation

'Samuel D. Hunter's script is very punchy, and very natural'
'The performances strong, the dialogue and direction were crisp'
Andy Marchant, Remote Goat


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