Samuel D. Hunter's A Great Wilderness to Make World Premiere at Seattle Repertory Theatre

By Carey Purcell
December 31, 2013

The world premiere of A Great Wilderness, a new play by Samuel D. Hunter, will be presented by Seattle Repertory Theatre beginning Jan. 17, 2014.



Performances will continue through Feb. 16 in the Leo K. Theatre.

Directed by associate artistic director Braden Abraham, the cast includes Michael Winters, Gretchen Krich, Mari Nelson, R. Hamilton Wright, Christine Estabrook and Jack Taylor.

"A Great Wilderness centers on Walt, a man who has devoted his life to counseling teenage boys out of their homosexuality at his remote Idaho wilderness camp," press notes state. "Pressured to accept one last client, his carefully constructed life begins to unravel with the arrival of Daniel. When Daniel disappears, Walt is forced to ask for help — both in finding the missing boy and reconciling his past with the present."

"If you were to ask me which play I'm most excited about this season, it's this one," artistic director Jerry Manning said in a statement. "It has been a great many years since I've read a script and thought 'This playwright is the voice of his generation.' I really believe that is the case with Sam. With Wilderness, he has created a beautiful and important story."

"For me, personally, I wrote this play as an exploration of what my life could have been," Hunter said in a statement. "I went to a fundamentalist Christian school growing up, and came out when I was 17. I was faced with two options: self-actualization, being the person I was meant to be, and trying to figure out how to reconcile that with the religious life I had always known, which gave me great comfort and structure; or denying that part of myself and embracing my religious life for better or worse. I chose the first option, and this work is my examination of the latter."

Hunter's writing includes The Whale, A Bright New Boise, The Few and Rest.

The creative team includes Scott Bradley (set design), Erik Andor (costume design), LB Morse (lighting design) and Obadiah Eaves (sound design).

Tickets and more information are available by calling (206) 443-2222 or visiting seattlerep.org.