Oct 20, 2011

"Writing Wild: The Adventures of Jack London" Coming to FVCC Theatre Friday

Montana Repertory Theatre’s Educational Outreach Tour will bring its fall production of “Writing Wild: The Adventures of Jack London” to the Flathead Valley Community College Theatre stage October 21.

Written by Jay Kettering and directed by Montana Rep Educational Outreach Coordinator Teresa Waldorf, the one-man show stars Montana Rep veteran actor Cody Hyslop as both Jack London and London’s most memorable characters: Buck the dog, French Frank, White Fang and more.

Ready or not, London sailed us out to the open sea, he carried us on his back through mile after mile of frozen wasteland, and with frozen fingers and a single match, he lit a fire where no other man could light one—and in our collective imagination, that fire still burns bright.  This year’s 50-minute show is just such an adventure.  Come hear famous London characters tell the story of America’s greatest storyteller. You will feel the fangs bite deep as you run alongside the boy who by age 15 already looked out into the world through the eyes of the wolf.

This is Hyslop’s third year touring with the Rep’s Educational Outreach Tour. Last year, he played Rip Van Winkle in “The Real Legend of Sleepy Hollow” following his Montana Rep debut the year before as Edgar Alan Poe in “ThePoeProject.”

Waldorf earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting/directing at The University of Montana and serves as an adjunct professor in UM’s School of Theatre & Dance.  Past UM directing credits include “Gypsy”, “The Rocky Horror Show”, “Bat Boy” and “Still Life with Iris.”

This presentation follows in the Montana Rep Educational Outreach Tour tradition of bringing staged adaptations of the works of acclaimed historical writers to Montana communities. Regarded as the one of the world’s best adventure writers, Jack London continues to influence generations of writers and readers today through his novels and short stories.

Montana Repertory Theatre is funded in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council with support from the Montana State Legislature, The University of Montana, the Montana Cultural Trust, Dr. Cathy Capps and Target Corporation.

Admission is free to Friday’s performance of “Writing Wild: The Adventures of Jack London.”  Donations to support the FVCC Theatre Student Scholarship Program are welcome.

For more information on the play and a complete tour schedule, visit the company’s Web site at