FVCC Theatre Presents Play by Montana’s Poet Laureate
Flathead Valley Community College’s Theatre Department presents an original verse-play by Montana’s Poet Laureate, Lowell Jaeger, September 6-8 at 7 p.m. in the campus theatre. “Someday I’d Write This Down” is Jaeger’s first play and represents his attempt to make poetry more accessible to a variety of learning styles.
“In my travels as Montana Poet Laureate, I found myself longing for modes of conveying poems to an audience other than the standard poet-at-the-podium reading. People who gravitate toward poetry are, by nature, lovers of language. They are comfortable sitting still and letting language move their imaginations. These people are auditory learners. Other people need visuals, props and characters on the stage ‘acting’ the poems,” Jaeger said.
“Someday I’d Write This Down” is about growing up in a small Midwestern town during the Cold War of the 1950s and 60s. The main character is an aging man who is remembering and reflecting on the events of his life over six decades. Each scene traces an aspect of this man’s cognitive and spiritual progression toward understanding himself, his family and the general human condition. Jaeger describes the play as both humorous and serious.
FVCC alumnus and practicing playwright Joshua Kelly is the director of the play. Kelly is a Ph.D. student in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also teaches. “We have strived to make this a performance and aesthetic treat for everyone,” Kelly said.
Tickets for the play are $5 for community members and $2 for students and can be purchased online at www.fvcc.edu, in the FVCC Bookstore or at the door any night of the show.