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The Plays

But That's Not What We Ordered by Craig Kenworthy

In a world where children are "made to order," one couple is having a normal baby.


Dystopia! by Ross Peter Nelson

A game show emcee offers contestants a chance to win big prizes as the world crumbles around them.


Genetically Modified by Michael Donohue

A woman faces punishment by the state for the crime of genetic modification.


I, Grizzly by Barry Stambaugh

A biologist works to save a Taylor Swift-loving, crossword puzzle-solving bear from the lawman who captured him.


Lens by Rebecca Ryland

A deaf couple debate the possibility of engineering their child to remove the potential for it to be born deaf.


Ticked Off by Rachel Dean

In a future where vegetarianism has become a religion, a young man attempts to convert his love interest.


Tweak Breed by Steve Palmer

An aging cowboy and a former stripper reminisce about the changes genetic engineering has brought to the rodeo and their own offspring.


VS. by Brian Massman

A plea to rescue insects from science students, a happy heckler helping a clueless politician with his speech and a cattle rancher attempting to deprogram a vegetarian -- all in Dr. Seuss style verse.

The director of a reality TV series tries to maintain control of a dude ranch gone wild.

Two government agents show up on Stephanie Dylar's doorstep to inform her that her teenage son may be guilty of illegal hacking -- then he disappears.

Siri intervenes in a budding romance between a convict and a magician’s assistant at the Berkeley Pit.

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The Writers

Steven Palmer

Helena, Montana

Steven Palmer is an actor, playwright, and ceramic artist. He has a degree in Art and Theatre from MSU. His works have been produced in Montana and Washington, and he has appeared as an actor in productions by Grand Street Theatre and Helena Theatre Company.

Rebecca Ryland

Clancy, Montana

Rebecca holds an MFA in Acting/Directing and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She has performed in Equity theatre and directed professionally for the past 30 years. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at colleges & universities and at community theatres across the U.S. and Canada. She is the owner of Heartland Plays, Inc. and the founder of ETC.

Ross Peter Nelson

Helena, Montana

Ross has authored several plays, award-winning short fiction, and two books on computer technology. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and his plays have been performed across the US and on three continents. Becoming Number Six, his dark comedy about internet surveillance, premiered in New Orleans in 2016. In 2017 he served as playwright-in-residence at Can Serrat, Spain.

Barry Stambaugh

Helena, Montana

Barry moved to Helena in 2014 from Austin, Texas with his wife Vicki, who’s from Butte. Barry has acted in 3 Grandstreet plays (Our Town, Mothers and Sons, Peter & The Starcatcher), 3 plays under the direction of Terri Atwood, and in Ross Peter Nelson’s Colter’s Hell. Barry’s work has appeared in MT Short Cuts and produced his own song-and-dance number in the 5th LCNPF.

Rachel Dean

Havre, Montana

Rachel Dean is a Havre native and fourth-generation Montanan.  She holds a Bachelors in Writing and Communication from Concordia College and a Masters in Creative Writing from the Harvard Extension School. Rachel's work experience includes fundraising, business writing and marketing, and children’s ministry. Her creative pursuits include lots of writing, including novels and plays, performance art, and developing educational entertainment for children.

Susan Dunlap

Butte, Montana

Susan Melinda Dunlap’s plays have been performed in New York City, New Mexico, Kansas and Montana. She has been commissioned by the Root and the Bloom to write a play about water in 2019. She has been published in the Piltsdown Review, the Alexandria Quarterly, Word Riot and the Brooklyn Review. She was a finalist for a Jerome Fellowship for Emerging American Playwrights. MFA: Brooklyn College.

Brian Massman

Helena, Montana

Brian Massmanis an actor, an educator, a filmmaker, a musician and a digital artist.  He taught acting, filmmaking, film theory, writing and public speaking at Siena College and has performed as a professional stage actor in a number of regional theatres.

Craig Kenworthy

Seattle, Washington

Craig Kenworthy is a playwright, fiction writer and poet. He was a contributing writer for Right Between the Ears, an acclaimed public radio comedy program and while he currently lives in Seattle, he was a sports humor columnist for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle for five years, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Michael Donohue

Kalispell, Montana

Michael Donohue is a award-winning poet who has traveled the world and met celebrities as diverse as Buzz Aldrin, Muhammad Ali, and Eldridge Cleaver.  He’s taught ESL in both Korea and Mexico, published over fifty articles in Montana newspapers, is currently finishing “Garcia’s Paradise”, a thriller about the CIA  in Mexico.  

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