Samuel D. Hunter's A Great Wilderness, About Gay Conversion Therapy, Will Get Reading in May
28 Mar 2013
Samuel D. Hunter
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A Great Wilderness, a new play by Samuel D. Hunter about a Christian camp that seeks to treat young gay men, will receive a staged reading as part of the 32nd Annual William Inge Theatre Festival.
The annual festival takes place on the campus of Inge's alma mater, the Independence Community College in Independence, KS. Braden Abraham will direct the 7:30 PM reading on May 2.
Hunter's play The Whale was recently presented to acclaim Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. His works also include A Bright New Boise.
His latest play, according to the Inge Festival, "centers on Walter, who has spent his life counseling teenage Christian boys whose parents fear their sons have homosexual tendencies. When a confused teenager arrives at Walt's fellowship camp in the Idaho mountain wilderness, Walter has a crisis of faith."
The 32nd annual Inge Festival takes place May 1-4. It will launch with a fully staged production of Bus Stop.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.