Last we wrote about a Josh Wagner play, we called him the Shakespeare of Missoula.
Hyperbole? We don’t think so. The playwright (novelist and general wordsmith) has the same sort of low-brow/high-brow entertainment sensibility for the masses. His debut, the 2010 play Salep and Silk was full of whimsy and humor, hard truths and epic adventure—plus a three-course meal. There were quiet gasps and satisfied sighs, and in the saddest moments, there was muffled weeping.
So, you see what we mean.
That’s why it’s a little more than exciting that Wagner and the Silk Road are teaming up again, this time for Wagner's new play called Ringing Out, which premieres on Tue., Jan. 17. This post-apocalyptic dark comedy takes place in a bunker where a family has been living for 15 years. A young girl named Mandolin is searching for a memory—something she calls “Christmas.” A stranger arrives and the family’s world is transformed.
The cast is made up of Missoula theater regulars—Howard Kingston, Ann Peacock, Jennifer Fleming-Lovely and Ali Tabibnejad. Director Rebecca Schaffer has worked with Wagner to create a dark, bunker-like viewing experience for the audience within the Crystal Theater. The ceiling of the Crystal is lowered, lights are dimmed, claustrophobia is experienced by actors and audience alike.
The performance on Tue., Jan. 17 is of the dinner theater variety. The menu is a three-course affair and includes slow-roasted pork loin with Chinese Five Spice, braised pheasant rubbed with advieh and served with golden rice tadiq; a dessert of house made rum cake is also included.
Jan. 19 and 20 you can see the play without dinner but on the cheap.
So, go! Support awesome local theater. It all sounds ridiculously delicious.
WHEN: Tue., Jan. 17 at 6:30 is dinner theater.
Thu., Jan. 19 and Fri., Jan 20, at 7:30 PM for theater-only nights.
WHERE: Crystal Theatre
HOW MUCH: $75 for dinner theater. Theater-only nights are $15/$13 advance. Students pay $10/$8 advance. Get tickets here.
MORE INFO: ringingout.com