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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.