‘The rack of this tough world:’ Shakespearean tragedy brings healing to tiny Fishtail

Jake Iverson

About a month ago, Fishtail changed. William Shakespeare, of all people, is helping to bring it back.

The Bard died in 1616, 276 years before the tiny mountain town was established in 1892, and his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon is about 4,500 miles from the lush foothills of the Beartooth Mountains.

Rashaud Williams stars as Edmund, “King Lear’s” principal antagonist, during Montana Shakepeare in the Parks’ performance of the play in Fishtail. 

Jake Iverson, Billings Gazette

Yet, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks chose Fishtail as one of their stops for the year. And their Saturday evening performance of “King Lear” at the Fishtail Family Park, despite it being one of the poet’s most depressing texts, felt like a soothing balm to a community that really needs one.

The town sits right at the confluence of a lot of water. It’s near Fishtail that the East and West Rosebud creeks flow into each other, and the uniting of the Rosebud and the Stillwater River is north of Fishtail near Absarokee. All that water became a big problem on Monday,

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