Trout Fishing in Livingston

Jun 27, 2014 | Events

Brautigan Writings Get Theatrical Treatment

The Caldera Theatre Company and Elk River Arts & Lectures present Trout Fishing in Livingston: A Theatrical Homage to the Writings of Richard Brautigan as part of the Last Best Fest arts festival. Performances will be held Saturday, September 6 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) and Sunday, September 7 at 2 p.m. (doors at 1:30) at Elk River Books/Wheatgrass Saloon, 120 N. Main Street in downtown Livingston. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at Elk River Books or online at Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Culled from the fiction and poetry of one of Livingston’s most legendary writers, the play presents excerpts adapted into a satiric and wild journey through Brautigan’s world. The production was adapted and directed by Marc Beaudin, artistic director of the Caldera Theatre Company (CTC), and features performances by Gabriel Clark, Bret Kinslow and Sherry Pikul. Interspersed throughout the play’s nine scenes will be short readings by Brautigan’s close friend and biographer William Hjortsberg, author of Jubilee Hitchiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan.

Brautigan lived and wrote off and on in the Livingston area from the beginning of the 1970s until his death in 1984. His writings, which are darkly comical, highly imaginative and often bordering on the surreal, found form in numerous novels, short stories and poems, the most famous being Trout Fishing in America.

Elk River Arts & Lectures is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing acclaimed writers, artists and lecturers to Livingston. It seeks to provide educational, entertaining and edifying opportunities for the people of southwest Montana in the form of readings, lectures, discussions and workshops presented by national and regional authors and other artists.

The CTC is a local, independent theatre company that seeks to create an environment for the exploration and development of the art of theatre, and to produce theatrical and other creative events that show a commitment to artistic quality, ingenuity and dedication to the creative ideal of living truthfully within the Moment.

The Last Best Fest is a weekend-long arts extravaganza that celebrates the unique cultural richness of Livingston, Montana. The festival is a collaboration of our community’s artists, arts organizations and supporters of the arts and runs the weekend of September 5 – 7, 2014. For a complete listing of events, visit


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