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upcoming stage plays

World premiere at the

Orphan Girl Children's Theatre

in Butte, America

July 25 -27 & August 1 - 3, 2024.

Book: Jay Kettering

Lyrics: Gwen McKenna

Music: Fred Crase

recent stage plays

March 15 - 16, 2024
Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC)
Missoula, MT

Jay's short comedy The Meaty Gourmet

was part of

The Juice Box Organic One Act Play Competition

at the Lake Shore Center for the Arts

in Westfield, NY

May 26 - 28, 2023

Hot Water

A live reading of Jay's ten-minute play as part of the Montana Playwrights Conference

From Page To Stage in Helena, MT

April 22, 2022.

Pictured: David Singer and Shea Conley

Paul Allen (violin) with Jasmine Sherman and Nathan Adkins . . . 


A live reading of Jay's ten-minute radio play as part of WOW Audio Showcase: A fundraiser for the literary and non-profit podcast Words Out West at the Zootown Arts Community Center, Missoula, MT

November 12, 2021

and Craig Menteer (drums)

Flotsam, Jetsam and Bill

Jay's one-act dark comedy

part of Bards of the Big Sky

at the

Helena Avenue Theatre, Helena, MT

September 16-19 & 23-26, 2021

presented in conjunction with the Montana Playwrights Network

Pictured: Director Pamela Jamruszka Mencher (back center) with cast

(L to R): Silas Easterling, Tony Schaan, Brian Massman, Bailey Osborne and April Kortz

The Vorbit Incident

Jay's full-length dark comedy

Montana Actors' Theatre

Havre, MT

October 11-13 & 17-19, 2019

presented in conjunction with

Montana Playwrights Network

Pictured: Mark Cichosz and Clayton Twombly

Television Blues

Jay's short comedy for

BoxFest Detroit 2019

August 16-24, 2019

Planet Ant Theatre

Hamtramck, MI

Pictured: Breon Canady

Raised in the Saddle:

The Phantasmagorical Journey

of a Future Rodeo Queen

Montana Repertory Theatre's 

Educational Outreach Tour

Fall 2017

It's the summer of 1919, and Alice Greenough, a teenage spitfire raised near Red Lodge, Montana, is on her way to her first rodeo competition in Forsyth.

Rolling across the Big Sky state via steam locomotive, Alice, who wears her smile like her hat—big and wide—can't help talking to the strangers she meets on the train, a who's-who list of famous Montanans including a ruthless copper king, a dedicated suffragette, and the Helena ranch hand with the movie-star looks.

Her dad always kids that "she has more nerve than brains." Maybe that's because her idea of fun is riding buckin' broncs named Whirlwind, Lightning, and Bone Crusher.

And Alice will need that 'iron will' she's known for because this train ride will prove every bit as exciting and challenging as sticking to the 1,200 pounds of buckin', snortin', and kickin' muscle that's waiting to greet her at her first rodeo competition!

An Unladylike Battle for Survival

in the Sunnyside Library:

An Out-of-Book Experience

 with Jane Eyre

and Her Fellow Shelfmates

Montana Repertory Theatre's

Educational Outreach Tour

Fall 2012

​There’s a new librarian in town by the name of Kerosene Kevin and he’s brought with him a novel idea—books are for burning, not reading. Fortunately, during this 50-minute play, you’ll see that some of those living on the shelves of Sunnyside have decided to fight back.

After a narrow escape from the clutches of Kevin (and only first-degree burns), Jane Eyre has appealed to the Shelf People, but she’s only been able to recruit a small ragtag army.

Among her troops are Esperanza Cordero, a young girl from the Latino section of Chicago; a spirited and beautiful Sioux warrior called Red Dress; and a literate spider named Charlotte. Together, they devise a plan to put a damper on Kevin’s burning desire.

A life and death struggle has begun. Will the stories of these literary heroines continue to be told, or will they be snuffed out in flames?

Stay tuned!

Writing Wild:

The Adventures of Jack London

Montana Repertory Theatre's 

Educational Outreach Tour

Fall 2011

​With hair bristling, mouth foaming and a mad glitter

in his bloodshot eyes, Jack London sprang

into the twentieth century and grabbed the complacent reader of saccharine words by the jugular.

Ready or not,

he sailed us out to the open sea, he carried us on his back through mile after mile of white 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.

Come hear French Frank, the gritty oyster pirate, Wolf Larsen, the demon captain of the Ghost, Broken-backed Ben, the philosophical hobo, and others, sharing the tales of America’s greatest storyteller. You’ll feel the fangs bite deep as you adventure along with the boy who by age fifteen already

looked on the world through the eyes of the wolf.

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