Samuel D. Hunter's Obie-winning A Bright New Boise will premiere Off-Broadway later this month.
The dark comedy, as directed by Oliver Butler, is a part of Hunter's Premiere Residency at Signature. Playing January 31–March 12 in the Pershing Square Signature Center, A Bright New Boise is an early work from the MacArthur Grant Genius, whose play The Whale was adapted for the screen starring Brendan Fraser.
A Bright New Boise centers on Will, a young man who flees his Idaho hometown in search of a fresh start and a new community, free of the baggage of his youth. Ideas of divinity and intimacy, which can be seen throughout Hunter's body of work, feature heavily in the piece.
The creative team includes scenic designer Wilson Chin, costume designer April M. Hickman, lighting designer Jen Schriever, sound designer Christopher Darbassie, projection and video designer Stefania Bulbarella, and Caparelliotis Casting.
Said Artistic Director Paige Evans, “I saw A Bright New Boise when it premiered in 2011, and the play feels even more resonant today. Set in a big box chain store where workers have few opportunities and one character awaits rapture, it’s a fundamentally American play. Sam writes about religion with curiosity, empathy, and compassion, unlike many American playwrights.”