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Reading of new Greg Owens play set Jan. 11 in MSU's Black Box Theater

January 2, 2014

Greg Owens is the author of a new play that will have its first staged reading at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Black Box Theatre on campus at Montana State University. Lila Michael of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will direct "OBSCENE LAWLESS HIDEOUS DANGEROUS DIRTY VIOLENT AND YOUNG," the first installment of Owens' "Tulsa Trilogy." Photo courtesy Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.   High-Res Available

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Lila Michael of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will direct a staged reading of the new Greg Owens play, "OBSCENE LAWLESS HIDEOUS DANGEROUS DIRTY VIOLENT AND YOUNG" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Black Box Theatre on campus at Montana State University.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the reading, which is free and open to the public resulting from support from the Office of the Dean of Arts and Architecture. The reading is recommended for audiences ages 13 and up.  Following the reading there will be a talk-back session with the cast and the playwright.

This will be the first public reading of the first installment of Owens'  "Tulsa Trilogy," a prequel to his play, "The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild," which was produced in MSU’s Black Box Theater in 2009 to a sold out run.  The final installment of the series, coming later in 2014, is "The Night They Drove Old Berkeley Down."

"OBSCENE LAWLESS HIDEOUS DANGEROUS DIRTY VIOLENT AND YOUNG" is set in 1986.   Tulsa Lovechild, read by Portland-based actress Jess Manning, is 18 and torn between her natural instincts to rebel against the idealism of her ex-60's activist mother Sylvia, read by Michael. Her first serious crush is on Carnegie, read by MSU film student Spencer Mirabal, a member of an underground group of Gen-X radicals organizing to take over the government. Tulsa's stepfather, Stockton, will be read by Tom Watson, MSU professor and Shakespeare in the Parks. Stage directions will be read by Colter Langan of Montana SHAKES, Actors Theatre of Montana and EAGLE radio. He will also serve as the evening’s talkback moderator.

Owens has had more than 100 productions and readings in New York, London, Chicago, Los Angeles and around the U.S.  Since moving to Bozeman in 1999, he has written and directed shows with Greg Keeler and the Vigilante Theatre Company, taught at MSU and founded the Bozeman Youth Initiative. His other published work includes the full-length play, "Home Front," and the one-act collection, "U.S. Blues." In the late 1990s, Owens was part of the creative team at Jellyvision in Chicago that produced the multiple-award-winning interactive program, "You Don't Know Jack." His freelance career has included work with Electronic Arts, Midway Games, MoveOn.org, the Heinemann Library, and Kindermusik International. For more information on playwright Greg Owens go to www.highcountrydrama.com.

For more information on the reading call 994-3310. 

 

Lila Michael (406) 994-3310, lila.michael@montana.edu