Three Theatre Companies, One Powerful Script
BetweenTheLines Theatre, MT + NYC Collaborative, and The Tank in New York City have teamed up to present The Buffalo Play. The script closely examines the 2016 incident in Yellowstone National Park, where tourists attempted to save a baby bison by putting it in the back of their SUV, leading to its euthanization. The Buffalo Play creates a poetic world in the confluence between wilderness and media culture.
The script itself is so inspiring that THREE separate companies have come together to collaborate on its production. This team of artists from both Montana and New York, rural and urban, is uniquely posed to confront this unapologetically challenging, and hilarious script.
How do we move forward?
How do we address the political divide between us?
How do we heal our relationship with one another and the Natural World?
The Buffalo Play traverses magical theatrical terrain to arrive at beautifully pertinent answers, and gets us laughing in the process.
Who is involved?
Kendra Mylnechuk, Producer/Writer/Actress (Bison)
Kendra is a Native (Lummi) theatre artist and filmmaker. Her film performances screened at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, and festivals around the world. In 2013, she won best actor in NBC/Universal Pictures Short Cuts Film Festival. NY theatre includes both off and off-off Broadway venues. Regional work includes a national tour as Shelby in Steel Magnolias for MT Rep, and productions in LA, OR, and MT. She developed a theatre program at N'Kwusm Salish language school on the Blackfeet Reservation with William Yellowrobe, created and implemented 2017 curriculum for MCPS on Native American Studies using theatre in education techniques, and presented work at Thinking Its Presence '15 and '17, a conference on race, creative writing, and literary study. In 2015, she co-founded MT+NYC Collaborative, and directed two of the company's first productions: "The Woodstove," and "Dido of Idaho", and performed in "The Wolf". With BetweentheLines, she directed last year's "In the Snow." Kendra is currently working on a documentary called DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD about her adoption and reunion with her biological mother and Native heritage.
Ciara Rose Griffin, Producer/Writer/Actress (Woman)
Ciara Rose Griffin is a multidisciplinary artist whose inspired makeup creations have been seen on Good Morning America, The Late Night Show with David Letterman, Tribeca Film Festival, Fangoria, Vogue Online, Bust Magazine Online, Glamour, Refinery 29, and Comedy Central. Her NYC theatrical work includes FCKNLZ on Broadway (Museum of Art and Design), Three Day Hangover's Twelfth Night, or Sir Toby Belch's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Hamlet Project, Spem in Alium (MT + NYC Collaborative), and Astronauts Wanted (Dixon Place). Recent Montana credits include Dido of Idaho, and The Woodstove. Film credits include The Triangle, The Case of Josephine H, and Two Guys. In 2005 Ciara became a founding member of The Buttenik Ensemble (Butte Montana, Seattle Washington) and spend several years at Annex Theatre in Seattle as a company and staff member. In 2015 Ciara founded the MT + NYC Collaborative with Kendra Mylnechuk Potter. Since its conception the MT + NYC Collaborative has been an incubator for new works through a works in progress monthly reading series, productions, and writers retreats.
Sukha Belle Potter, Actress (Baby Bison)
Sukha is a 5 year old of Lummi descent born in Brooklyn, currently living in Montana. She had her performing debut in critically acclaimed 2016 film Buster's Mal Heart by Sarah Adina Smith. Her work on that film solidified her desire to play all the time, which she does. She is the daughter of theatre artist Kendra Mylnechuk Potter and playwright Tyler Potter.
Mason Wagner, Director/Producer
Mason is a creator, director, actor, and producer based in Missoula, MT where he serves as the Artistic Director of BetweenTheLines Theatre. His love for Nature and open spaces brought him from his home in Upstate New York to the Mountain West. Mason founded BetweenTheLines in May of 2016, and has since produced ten new and/or critically-acclaimed contemporary scripts. Directing credits: The Flick, Constellations, Stupid F*cking Bird, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, and AD for In The Snow (BetweenTheLines); 1984 (Pendragon Theatre Regional Tour); and Denmark is a Prison (international collaboration with the Moradokmai Theatre School in Thailand). Mason holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Montana and recently trained with SITI Company during their month-long intensive. Regional acting credits include national tours of The Great Gatsbyand All My Sons (Montana Repertory Theatre); The Aliens, 4000 Miles(BetweenTheLines); Look Back In Anger (Roothead Studio) and PVT. Wars(Montana Rep). Having always envisioned a way to tell stories that heal and confront our perceived dominion over nature, The Buffalo Play, in many ways, is everything he could dream of as a director. He is honored to be a part of the creative team for The Buffalo Play.
Peter Musante, Sound Design
Peter creates interdisciplinary performances with a diverse group of artists. A regular collaborator with Missoula's own Bare Bait Dance - Wonderwomen, Lovesong, Hysteria and the.humanest (director/media design) - Peter spends most of his time in NYC. With Andrew Schneider: AFTER (Ensemble Co-director/Scenic Coordinator/performer), YOUARENOWHERE (Co-creator/performer) and FIELD (treadmill dancer). Also in NYC: Up and Away (Lincoln Center Education; 1-on-1 Experience Director), Martha Clarke’s Angel Reapers, a canary torsi’s The People To Come, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (Park Ave Armory), and Blue Man Group. As lead artist in the creation of original work, Peter's projects have been presented by Incubator Arts Project (St. Mark's Church), BLDG92/The Brooklyn Navy Yard, The Brick, The Kraine, Galapagos, and The Chocolate Factory's THROW series. www.petermusante.com
Kate Morris, Dramaturg
Kate is a playwright and performance artist born and raised in Western Montana. Her performance work and short plays have been hosted at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago's Rhinoceros Theatre Festival, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and at the Old Marquer Theatre in New Orleans. Her writing is published in Present Tense Pamphlets, F Newsmagazine, Infinity's Kitchen, Collected, and Duende. Her plays Fake yr Death in 6 Lonesome Steps, Venn Diagrams (or the Bee Play), Qyou Are Here, Graceful Exits, and most recently In the Snow, have received popular productions in Missoula. She holds an MA in Devised Theatre from the University of Montana and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a 2016 Post-Graduate Writing Fellowship and recently served as a faculty lecturer in Liberal Arts.
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