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"Broomstick" Flies Into Missoula

Michael Marsolek talks with Greg Johnson, Artistic Director of the Montana Repertory Theatre, about the Rep's production of Broomstick, a one-woman play by John Biguenet, starring Salina Chatlain. The Montana premier of Broomstick is one of four national productions of the play sponsored by the National New Play Network, an alliance of non-profit theaters championing new plays. Here's how the NNPN describes it:

"A witch confesses all: her first love affair, how she discovered her powers, how she has used them. But more than that, Broomstick is a funny and frightening return to our childhood where we first wrestled with evil and justice. For the witch is a completely unsentimental moralist who knows everything about the human heart — having been both its victim and avenger all her life long — and who metes out inexorable justice, immune to our pleas for mercy, cackling at our excuses. This is no Hansel and Gretel. In Broomstick, whiners end up in casseroles."

Broomstick takes the stage of the Masquer Theatre in the Performing Arts / Radio-T.V. Building on South 6th Street East, on the north side of the University of Montana-Missoula, Sept.11 - 14 and 16-21.

Tuesday - Saturday evening performances are at 7:30pm, with 6:30pm performances on Sunday evenings and Saturday matiness at 2pm. There'll be a talkback session following the Sept. 12th performance.

Tickets can be ordered online from GrizTix or by phone at the UM Arts box office: (406) 243-4581, 10am - 6pm weekdays.

(Broadcast: Front Row Center, 9/7/14)

Beth Anne Austein has been spinning tunes on the air (The Folk Show, Dancing With Tradition, Freeforms), as well as recording, editing and mixing audio for Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, since the Clinton Administration. She’s jockeyed faders or "fixed it in post” for The Plant Detective; Listeners Bookstall; Fieldnotes; Musicians Spotlight; The Write Question; Storycorps; Selected Shorts; Bill Raoul’s music series; orchestral and chamber concerts; lecture series; news interviews; and outside producers’ programs about topics ranging from philosophy to ticks.
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