by Beth Kander
directed by Betty Hart

MAY 26 – AUG 26


Sometimes the smallest towns hold the biggest hearts…
One year after a tragic loss, a small town full of quirky characters gathers together to patch up what’s broken. Nothing goes quite as planned…but ultimately each person finds something unexpected within their old familiar world or something that feels like home in a new and unfamiliar place. Funny and heartwarming with a touch of magical realism, Mountain Octopus will remind you of the simple power of a good story. This World Premiere by Beth Kander (Hazardous Materials) features CRT favorites Christy Brandt and Kate Berry.
World Premiere, Dramedy


Content Advisory

This play contains some mild to moderate language and small town drama.

Please see CRT’s complete list of Content Advisories and Trigger Warnings for additional information.


ASL-Interpreted Performances

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Friday, August 11 @ 1pm

During ASL-interpreted performances, American Sign Language interpreters are located near the stage. Patrons using this service will be seated in an area that gives the best sight lines to follow both the interpretation and the action on stage. One signed performance will be offered for each CRT production Aug 11 – 13, 2023.

Seating in the designated area (denoted by an ear icon) may be purchased online, through, or by calling the box office at (719) 658-2540 (voice).

Photos by McLeod Creative, John Gary Brown, & Brooke Ophoff

John DiAntonio

Betty Hart

Director’s Note

Mountain Octopus takes place in the summer of 2022 in a small town called Chance, that just might remind you of Creede, Colorado. Chance is a small town where everyone knows everyone and where tourists flock every summer.  Remind you of anywhere you know? Chance is in the process of reopening—not just shops and restaurants, but also their hearts from the pandemic challenge of the past few years. How do you get back to normal? How do you resume the regular cadence of love and laughter and the need for daily coffee? This town is grappling with those questions. Maybe you are too.

And they are dealing with the loss of a beloved community member. To everything there is a season, a time to be born and a time to die.  We know how to celebrate birth. We don’t always know how to celebrate, honor, and grieve those who have departed. How do we navigate the conflicting negative emotions and the deeper positive emotions that remain? Is it ok to still love someone after they have gone? The folks of Chance, Colorado are grappling with this and how to live together again.

Beth Kander lovingly investigates these questions and aspects of small-town life: everyone knowing everyone, people getting in your business, and the love, joy and laughter of a community that truly is your family—whether you want them to be or not. I invite you to journey with us as you become part of our Creede Repertory Theatre family.


Betty Hart

Scenic Design
Lindsay Fuori

Costume Design
Rebel Mickelson

Lighting Design
Kevin Frazier

Sound Design
Max Silverman

EDI Deputy
Kae Twichell

Stage Manager
Mary Ruth Knackstedt

Asst. Stage Manager
Kelsea Sibold

Kate Berry*
Christy Brandt*
Cameron Davis
Matthew Tyler Horn*
Savanna Padilla
Stuart Rider*
Teonna Wesley*


* Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
+ Members of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.


…falling in love at a distance…


…a knock out drama…