UM transports Jack London's 'Call of the Wild' onto stage

Cory Walsh

The story of “The Call of the Wild” should be familiar to readers, as Jack London’s book was published more than a hundred years ago.

What a theatrical version could look like is more of an open question to anyone heading to the latest production from the University of Montana School and Theatre and Dance. The cast is half dogs; the setting is the Arctic.

Director Michael Beverley envisioned a retelling that’s upfront about being theater: These are actors on stage, and they’re telling a timely story, one about a protagonist “reconnecting with their roots, to the past, and becoming who they’re supposed to be,” he said.


The University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance production of “The Call of the Wild” runs Nov. 12-13 and 17-20 in the Masquer Theatre in the PAR/TV Center. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. except for the 2 p.m. matinees. 

Go to for tickets and more information. The show contains simulated violence but roughly translates to PG-13.

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