Last Chance New Play Fest showcases 11 new plays

Marga Lincoln for the Independent Record

What does an artist do when her inspiration and creative passion disappear without warning?

Find out in “Tango with Torment,” a new one-act Short Cut play that’s part of this year’s Last Chance New Play Fest.

Eleven new, original productions will premiere at the festival by the Experimental Theatre Cooperative that runs 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Nov. 13, at Helena Avenue Theatre.

It’s an annual grassroots event, launched in 2015, that celebrates the works of local and regional playwrights. “We’re the longest continuous running (play) festival in the whole state,” said executive director Rebecca Ryland.

Now in its ninth year, one of the favorite features of the New Play Fest is the Montana Short Cuts, a series of 10-minute plays all written on the same theme.

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This year’s theme is Altered State.

Each playwright has their own creative take on the topic.

Actors rehearse a scene from “Tango with Torment,” written by new playwright Lily Hoelscher, a theater major at Carroll College, that focuses “on an altered state of

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