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RMC students work with top playwright to produce Love/Sick October 3-11 

BILLINGS, August 4, 2014 –Tony-nominated Broadway and TV actor and playwright John Cariani assists Rocky Mountain College theatre students next month to prepare only the fourth staging of his play Love/Sick, which shows October 3-11 in Billings.

Before Love/Sick opens off-Broadway in 2015, Cariani will adapt his play as the RMC theatre program presents it. Professor of Theatre Arts Gerry Roe and Associate Professor Sarah Brewer are thrilled. “We have a unique opportunity bestowed upon us,” Roe said, a “once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students.” 

“John, himself, travels to Montana, in order to help us with any nuances…any re-writes which he deems necessary in our staging of his new play,” Roe said. “To say that we are excited as hell is an understatement.” Cariani will work with RMC students September 5 to 8. 

According to Cariani’s website, “Love/Sick is a collection of 10 slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, Love/Sick explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers – from two obsessive-impulsives who can’t stop kissing each other to the guy who goes hysterically deaf at the sound of the words ‘I love you’ to the power couple who realize that they forgot to have the baby – Love/Sick is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.”

The Hartford Courant said Love/Sick “strikes just the right balance between wisdom and whimsy. Light, bright, and engaging.” The Portland Press Herald called it “absolutely irresistible. Well-crafted, witty stories, chock-full of smart dialogue.”

The RMC production of Love/Sick plays October 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Billings Studio Theatre, 1500 Rimrock Road. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 55+ or non-RMC students, and $6 for the RMC community. Buy tickets at the door or call 406.657.1111 to reserve. 

Guided by Brewer and Roe, RMC students took Cariani’s play Almost/Maine to a 2010 regional theatre convention in Helena, Mont., and won many accolades including first prize out of 50 productions.  

Cariani is known for his roles as Julian Beck on NBC’s Law and Order and as Motel the Tailor in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, for which he received a Tony nomination. 

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