October 10, 2019, by Rachel Jamieson, Havre Daily News
Kicking off the Montana Actors’ Theatre 2019-20 season, “The Vorbit Incident” hits The Little Theatre today through Saturday and Thursday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Oct. 19, with the doors to The Little Theatre in Montana State University-Northern’s Cowan Hall and the backstage lounge opening at 7:30 p.m. and the performances starting at 8 p.m.
“‘The Vorbit Incident’ is a full-length, dark comedy by Jay Kettering of Missoula about what happens inside a man’s head when his job is literally waiting for the end of the world,” Director Andi Daniel said. “It chronicles the time of two missile combat crewmen, Capt. Marty Moon and Lt. Snick Vorbit. They perform routine tasks inside their missile silo outside Great Falls, Montana, during their 24-hour alert. Snick is visited by his spiritual advisor, Dogma Jones, who happens to be a janitor at a local strip club, and the constellation Andromeda.”
Clayton Twombly plays Vorbit, Walter Gonzalez plays Moon, Mark Cichosz plays Jones and MaryBeth Blankenship plays Andromeda.
Daniel added that “The Vorbit Incident” is very compelling as well as it is funny and also thought-provoking.
“There is an absurdity in going about the routines of life while preparing for the job of destroying the planet if the order comes down,” she said.
“The Vorbit Incident” is presented in concurrence with the Montana Playwrights Network as part of its 2019 Premiere Project.
The Montana Premiere Project is Montana Playwrights Networks newest effort in which Montana arts and theater companies produce original works by Montana playwrights.
“I am very excited to have my play produced, and I have heard nothing but great things about MAT,” Kettering said.
“It has also been wonderful to be able to connect with the playwright,” Daniel said. “Jay Kettering has been great about answering our questions and working with us to make sure we are portraying what he intended.”
Daniel said it has been a couple years since she has directed anything and that she is very excited to come back with this show.
“It is quirky and new, and I have some great people working with me,” she said.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and members of the military and free to Northern students with a valid ID.