Playwright Explores Faith and Connection in an Idaho Big-Box Store

Samuel Hunter, the New York-based playwright whose Obie-winning play, A Bright New Boise, comes to the Aurora Theatre this fall, doesn't want to give audiences characters they can pigeonhole right away.

“I'm more moved by dramatic stories where I'm brought to an understanding of someone I might not relate to immediately,” Hunter says. “A lot of times when a play starts, the audience is thinking, 'Oh, who's my guy? Who am I asked to identify with?'”

In A Bright New Boise, Will applies for a job at a big-box craft store to connect with his son. This is something audiences can relate to, Hunter thinks. But then they learn some things about Will — a fundamentalist who thinks the Rapture is coming soon — that may make them look at him a little differently.

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