Riot Act, Inc.'s Annual Series of Short Plays (copy)

Reaper (Angel May Wise) and Roni (Charley Daveler) rehearse “To Waste,” written by Daveler, for Riot Act 2019 Series of Shorts. The group is now preparing for this year’s plays.

We’ve got some plays. Now we need some directors.

Riot Act Inc., Jackson Hole’s grassroots ground-up theater gang, announced the three winners of its annual New Play Festival competition. Now it needs some directors to give the works their premieres as part of the nonprofit’s Annual Series of Shorts.

No longer a neighborhood affair, Riot Act’s competition elicited entries from throughout the northern Rockies: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. Instructed to submit plays of 20- to 30-minute run times, with no more than six actors and two sets, playwrights from throughout the region sent their work in last month, and Riot Act’s panel of judges — theater and writing professionals all — declared winners July 31.

They are:

• “Temp,” by Nicholas Dunn of Salt Lake City

• “Two Goddesses Walk into a Cowboy Bar,” by Gregory L. Wright of Teton Village

• “When Nana Hit the Glass,” by Rebecca Ryland of Clancy, Montana.

In addition to cash prizes of $50, $100 and the $200 Marius P. Hanford IV Award — pretty generous for a small-town garage theater group — playwrights will also get to watch their characters come to life on stage in Jackson.

Which means that Riot Act now needs directors.

“Are you interested in directing a play?” the group asks in its call for directors. “Shorts is a wonderful way to get involved on a smaller scale than a full-length production. Perfect for someone wanting to try their hand at directing for the first time or an experienced director to work on a show with less of a time commitment.”

Interested directors — novice or pro — should email for information and to express interest. Novice directors will work with mentors. Directors will be chosen in the coming week, and auditions will be held soon after.

Riot Act has many COVID-19 precautions in place for auditions, rehearsals and performances, including distancing, mask wearing, cleaning and livestream options. 

Contact Richard Anderson at 732-7078 or

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