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We’d like to thank everyone who came out to the Buckhorn Theatre for our production of Christopher Shinn’s incredible play, Dying City. As I say in the director’s note: the art of theatre exists not on the stage but in the moment of connection and communication between actors and audience. Thank you for making art possible.

Here’s the full director’s note and a note on the set design.

We were humbled by the fantastic feedback we read and heard from you. Theatre is a community – we depend on you as much as you depend on us to make it possible. Here’s a sampling:


Amazing show! A very moving, thought-provoking production.

“Phenomenal!! This is a must see for any serious theater buff, as well as anyone looking to immerse themselves in the thoughtful, intense unfolding of a story. Caldera is staking an important claim on modern theater for our savvy town and region. Go!!

“Saw this play last night – twists and turns you’d never imagine – it’s a good one and very good acting.

“Sherry Pikul and Aaron Schuerr are absolutely amazing in this!!!!!!!! This play is heavy duty…think Greek Tragedy meets Tarantino takes truth serum and reads all your letters and feeds it back to you replete with laughter that you may regret …or not? One thing you CAN know is that you have been served an amazing meal. Do yourself a favor … go see this one.

“Beautifully well-acted, written and directed!

“Livingston/Bozeman peeps: Don’t miss this superb production of Dying City. The story is powerful (Tennessee Williams meets the Iraq War), the acting phenomenal, and everything about this play makes it worth your time. To have this kind of amazing theater production in lil’ ol’ Livingston, well that’s icing on the cake.

“An amazing play to go ahead and check out if any of you theater lovers are looking for a piece of artwork that will have you laughing, crying, and questioning your loyalties as audience member to a cast full of complicated characters. A short yet intense emotional ride, this Caldera show is a raw look at the emotion of human interaction. Go out and fill their theater!!”



Livingston’s Caldera Theatre Company (CTC) will present the Christopher Shinn drama Dying City at the Buckhorn Saloon & Theatre, 5237 Hwy 89 South (next to Rosa’s Pizza). Performances will be held for two weekends: Fridays and Saturdays, June 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 8:00 pm and Sundays June 5 and 12, at 3:00 pm. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays will offer the option of a catered dinner one hour before the show.

Admission is $35 for dinner plus the show or $15 for the show only. Advance tickets are required for dinner reservations, and tickets for just the show may be purchased in advance or at the door. Either ticket may be purchased at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main, or through our secure account (either PayPal or credit cards) with the links below.

Dubbed a “low-simmering psychological mystery” by the Washington Post, Dying City tells the gripping story of three people torn apart, partly by war, but more so, by their own fears and mistakes. A year after her husband Craig’s death in Iraq, Kelly, a young therapist, is confronted by Peter, her husband’s twin brother, whom she has been avoiding. Their evening of trying to sort out issues of death, fidelity, politics and sexuality is interspersed by flashback scenes of Craig’s last night before shipping out to Iraq for the last time. The intensity is heightened by both brothers being played by the same actor.

John Heilpern of the New York Observer calls it “a political play and also a psychodrama about what Arthur Miller called ‘the politics of the soul’… The finest new American play I’ve seen in a long while.”

This production features performances by Sherry Pikul and Aaron Schuerr, and is directed by Marc Beaudin, all founding members of the CTC. Performances run 90 minutes and contain adult themes and language.

The dinner option includes country chicken and pork tenderloin entrées with potato, side dishes fresh green salad and deserts crafted by Livingston’s MTPL8, operated by Melissa O’Hair who also owns the newly reopened FeedLot 49 at the Pop Stand. A full-service bar is also available at the Buckhorn, which opens every day at 1 p.m. Additionally, The Thirsty Bull, an on-site wine and spirits store, offers an extensive wine cellar. Wines from the store may be enjoyed in the bar and theatre.

Purchase Tickets:

To purchase tickets, click on the date you’d like to attend and whether you would like to have dinner (beginning at 7 p.m.) or just the show. You will be directed to the Elk River Books secure online store. Simply click “add to shopping cart” then choose the number of tickets you’d like, and pay either by credit card or PayPal. Important: under “Choose Shipping Method,” select “In-store pickup” to avoid shipping charges — we will hold them for you at the door on the night of your performance.

Friday, June 3, Dinner + Show ($35/ticket)
Friday, June 3, Show Only ($15/ticket)
Saturday, June 4, Dinner + Show ($35/ticket)
Saturday, June 4, Show Only ($15/ticket)
Sunday, June 5, Show Only ($15/ticket)

Friday, June 10, Dinner + Show ($35/ticket)
Friday, June 10, Show Only ($15/ticket)
Saturday, June 11, Dinner + Show ($35/ticket)
Saturday, June 11, Show Only ($15/ticket)
Sunday, June 12, Show Only ($15/ticket)

NOTE: The bar at the Buckhorn opens each day at 1 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. (advance tickets required). Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. Those not having dinner are welcome in the bar beforehand. Sunday matinees: Bar at 1 p.m., Doors to theatre open at 2:30 p.m. and Show at 3 p.m.

Tickets purchased online will be held at the door the day of the show for pickup.


Posted: April 15, 2015 in Plays
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Comedies of David Ives Slated for May

Livingston’s Caldera Theatre Company (CTC) will present 5xIves: Five Short Plays by David Ives, at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts Ballroom, 415 E. Lewis Street. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, at 8:00 pm and Sunday May 10, at 7:00 pm. Admission is $12 at the door or $10 in advance. Advance tickets are available at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main or by clicking the secure PayPal links below.

Each performance will present five short comedies rich with the absurdities and peculiarities of the English language and of our struggles to communicate, to express ourselves and to connect with one another. From three monkeys trying to write Hamlet to a couple navigating the precarious maze of saying the right thing in order to find love, the sharp-witted, fast-paced plays have earned Ives the title “maestro of the short form.”

The plays are “Sure Thing” directed by Gabriel Clark and featuring Marc Beaudin and Sherry Pikul; “Words, Words, Words” directed by Sherry Pikul and featuring Gabriel Clark, Immanuela Meijer and Aaron Schuerr; “A Singular Kind of Guy” directed by Immanuela Meijer and featuring Marc Beaudin; “Long Ago and Far Away” directed by Marc Beaudin and featuring Gabriel Clark, Kory Gunderson, Sherry Pikul and Aaron Schuerr; and “English Made Simple” directed by Kory Gunderson and featuring Gabriel Clark, Immanuela Meijer and Sherry Pikul.

Performances run a little over an hour and contain adult language.

The CTC is a local, independent theatre company that seeks to create an environment for the exploration and development of the art of theatre, and to produce events that share these findings with the public. Past productions have included Trout Fishing in Livingston: A Theatrical Homage to the Writings of Richard Brautigan and Chekhov’s Squirt Gun (produced by the Blue Slipper).

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David Abrams, author of Fobbit, wrote a great review/essay of our production, Trout Fishing in Livingston, for his exceptional blog, “The Quivering Pen.” Read it here.

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The Caldera Theatre Company and Elk River Arts & Lectures present Trout Fishing in Livingston: A Theatrical Homage to the Writings of Richard Brautigan as part of the Last Best Fest arts festival. Performances will be held Saturday, September 6 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) and Sunday, September 7 at 2 p.m. (doors at 1:30) at Elk River Books/Wheatgrass Saloon, 120 N. Main Street in downtown Livingston. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at Elk River Books or through our secure PayPal links below. Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Culled from the fiction and poetry of one of Livingston’s most-legendary writers, the play presents excerpts adapted into a satiric and wild journey through Brautigan’s world. The production was adapted and directed by Marc Beaudin, artistic director of the Caldera Theatre Company (CTC), and features performances by Gabriel Clark, Bret Kinslow and Sherry Pikul. Interspersed throughout the play’s nine scenes will be short readings by Brautigan’s close friend and biographer William Hjortsberg, author of Jubilee Hitchiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan.

Brautigan lived and wrote off and on in the Livingston area from the beginning of the 70s until his death in 1984. His writings, which are darkly comical, highly imaginative and often bordering on the surreal, found form in numerous novels, short stories and poems, the most famous being Trout Fishing in America.

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Photos and director’s note from Chekov’s Squirtgun, a trio of short comedies by Anton Chekhov
Blue Slipper Theatre, 2013

“The Proposal” and “The Bear” featured Bret Kinslow, Sherry Pikul and Aaron Schuerr. Marc Beaudin directed.

“On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco” featured Marc Beaudin. Sherry Pikul directed.

Set design by Marc Beaudin.

Bloomsday PosterJames Joyce fans the world over mark each June 16 as Bloomsday, honoring the day the groundbreaking novel Ulysses takes place, chronicling the Dublin-wide odyssey of its central character, Leopold Bloom. Livingston’s Elk River Books joins the celebration with a performance of live theatre by the Caldera Theatre Company at the bookstore’s new home, 120 N. Main St., on Monday, June 16, at 7 p.m.

The evening features the annual performance of Nighttown Suidae, Marc Beaudin’s adaption from an excerpt of the novel. The comedic play comes from the Circe episode, where Bloom follows Stephen Dedalus and his drinking companion, Lynch, to Dublin’s red light district. It’s a surreal revelry of poetic language and wild imagery. The reading runs roughly one hour and contains adult language and sexual references. With the audience calling out lines spoken by hallucinatory characters such as bedsprings, chickens and bars of soap, the play becomes a sort of Rocky Horror for the literary-minded.

The cast for this year’s show includes Caldera members Marc Beaudin, Bret Kinslow, Sherry Pikul and Aaron Schuerr, and is rounded out by ZuZu Feder and Francis Wendt. The Mint Bar will provide a cash bar, serving the traditional Guinness as well as other Irish favorites.

Admission to the performance is free, although donations for the cast are greatly appreciated.

Elk River Books and the Wheatgrass Saloon (sharing the Main Street space) offer readings, book signings and other arts events, as well as a curated collection of used and new books, juices, smoothies, vegetarian lunches, cards, maps, journals, gifts and fair trade items. For more information call 333-2330 or visit