Don’t. Panic. Stay. Calm. Everything in this room is a weapon or a shield.
Faith and Novella are best friends living in a small German town near an American military base. In Novella’s basement apartment, they’re practicing some unusual combat drills–armed with wine, potato chips, and the very best speakers they can afford.
Montag is a domestic thriller, a sleep deprivation comedy, and a rebellion celebration under threat of annihilation.
Kate Tarker is an American playwright who grew up in Germany. Her plays include THUNDERBODIES (Soho Rep.), Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man (The Wilma, FoolsFURY), and Laura and the Sea (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble). She is the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship, The Vineyard’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Theater Masters’ Visionary Playwright Award, and she has been featured twice on the Kilroys List. Kate has been in residence at Tofte Lake Center, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and twice at the MacDowell Colony. She is an alum of Ars Nova Play Group, New Georges Jam, and The Playwrights’ Center Core Writer Program. Kate currently holds commissions from Soho Rep. and Playwrights Horizons’ Soundstage, and she recently published work in the McSweeney’s anthology, I Know What’s Best For You: Stories on Reproductive Freedom, as well as in The Paris Review. MFA Yale.
Dustin Wills directs theatre and opera. Upcoming: John J. Caswell’s WET BRAIN (Playwrights Horizons), Jeremy O Harris’ A Boy’s Company Presents: Tell Me If I’m Hurting You. Recent: Hansol Jung’s Wolf Play (Soho Rep & Ma-Yi), Keith Reddin’s Black Snow (Juilliard), Phillip Howze’s Frontières Sans Frontières (Bushwick Starr—named a Top Ten Theatrical Production of 2017 by New York Magazine), Will Arbery’s Plano (Paper Chairs, Austin TX), Casey Llewellyn’s O, Earth (Foundry Theatre—Off-Broadway Alliance Best Play 2016), and a 2018 Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency. Wills has devised new work with Teatro L’Arciliuto in Rome, Italy, created large-scale puppetry pageants with Creative Action, trained with Augusto Boal in Theatre of the Oppressed legislative performance, and for a couple of years gave rogue tours of the Vatican. He is a Princess Grace Award recipient, as well as a Drama League and Boris Sagal directing fellow. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
Daniel Schlosberg. Brooklyn-based composer-pianist Daniel Schlosberg’s music has been performed by the Dover Quartet, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and Lorelei Ensemble, at venues including Carnegie Hall, (le) poisson rouge, and David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption. Daniel received the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards. He has performed as a soloist in Anthony Roth Costanzo and Justin Vivian Bond’s Only an Octave Apart with the New York Philharmonic, was the pianist for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, and has collaborated with Angel Blue, David Shifrin, and the Imani Winds. Daniel is Music Director of NYC’s Heartbeat Opera, for which his radical arrangements of classic operas have garnered national acclaim. Current projects include The Extinctionist, a new opera for Heartbeat Opera, and composition and music direction for Jeremy O. Harris’s A Boy’s Company Presents. www.danschlosberg.com
Montag was commissioned with support from James Gleick & Cynthia Crossen. Montag is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. The play was further developed with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Playwrights’ Center.