I Am Montana
Chicago Premiere of
I AM MONTANA
by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith
April 7 – May 1, 2011
Opening Night: April 8th
2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Eben Shamir has just returned home to Montana from a traumatic stint in the Israeli army. Back to work at his minimum-wage job with retail giant Valumart, he begins a cross-country journey with coworkers Tommy, his best friend since childhood, and Dirk, a meth-addicted new employee, to the national Valumart convention. Navigating between fantasy and reality, the present and a haunted past, Tommy learns that Eben has much bigger plans for the Valumart convention than a simple presentation on the future of retail. I Am Montana is a gripping examination of the position minimum-wage workers hold in an increasingly mega-store occupied America.
Preview: Thursday, April 7th
Opening Night: Friday, April 8th, at 7:30 p.m.
Performance Run: April 8 – May 1, 2011
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.
How do you fight an enemy that doesn’t attack with missiles but with low low prices; that isn’t plowing over your country with tanks, but with concrete?
I Am Montana was originally developed at the Iowa New Play Festival and has received critical acclaim in productions around the U.S. and in London. This will be the Midwest Premiere of this riveting script from Samuel D. Hunter.
“Samuel D. Hunter has written a remarkable play which metaphorically punches its audience in the chest from opening moment to emotionally-moving end.”
– Kevin Quarmby, British Theatre Guide
About the Playwright:
Samuel D. Hunter is a graduate of NYU, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard. Recent productions include A BRIGHT NEW BOISE (Partial Comfort at the Wild Project, NYC) JACK’S PRECIOUS MOMENT (Page 73 Productions at 59E59, NYC), FIVE GENOCIDES (Clubbed Thumb at the Ohio Theater, NYC), I AM MONTANA (Arcola Theatre, London). His new play NORWAY will be produced regionally at the Phoenix Theater of Indianapolis and Boise Contemporary Theater in Winter 2011. His plays have been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, PlayPenn, Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Lark Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard, LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and elsewhere. Awards: 2008-2009 PONY Fellowship from the Lark Theater, two Lincoln Center Le Compte du Nuoy Awards, others. He is a member of Ars Nova’s Play Group and The Civilians’ R&D Group, and he has taught at Fordham University, Rutgers University and The University of Iowa. Internationally, his work has been translated into Spanish and presented in Mexico City, and he has worked in the West Bank with Ashtar Theatre of Ramallah and Ayyam al-Masrah of Hebron. At Ashtar, he co-wrote THE ERA OF WHALES which was performed in Ramallah and Istanbul. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in New York with his partner, dramaturg John Baker.