Here's a great way to beat the summer heat: go sit in a theater, and I don't mean in front of the newest Ice Age movie. It's time again for Missoula Colony
, the annual "gathering of artists in support of the writer's craft," brought to you by the Montana Repertory Theatre. For the uninitiated, that means staged readings of plays-in-progress by local and visiting bards. For the veterans, sorry to announce Roger Hedden won't have anything new and hilarious for us this year. Running from July 14-21, the seventeenth-annual Colony takes place at the Montana Theatre Stage in the PARTV Center on campus. It's that cool-looking building on your right just as sixth street hits the Adams Center.
In addition to 10 long and 8 short plays, there are a few workshops aimed at honing your writing Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Between now and Act 2, you should catch the event's two musicals, Cathy Capp's The Dirty Old Lady Show and Amy Martin's Reserve & Green. Monday will start the Missoula Stories Project at 3 p.m., featuring four short local-flavor plays and Larke Schuldberg's Missed Connection at 8. For tickets and more info call 243-6809 and don't miss the full schedule here.