Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - The common room of a decaying camp on the outskirts of a Wilderness area in Idaho. There are full boxes everywhere, much of the space has been packed up. Only essential furniture remains, along with some camping gear, books including several numbered Bibles, a television, etc. A hallway leads to other bedrooms and a bathroom, a kitchen occupies a section of the stage.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Samuel D. Hunter is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship
Samuel D. Hunter is the 2012 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a
Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is packing up
his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement. But when his final
client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness, Walt
discovers that his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points
the way. With profound humanity and subtlety, A Great Wilderness navigates complex moral terrain, exploring the shifting motives and inconstant strength of our personal convictions.
"Hunter, an Idaho-bred playwright of growing prominence, tunes into a high frequency of empathy for isolated social fringe-dwellers." - Seattle Times, Read More
"[An] affecting drama that strengthens its hold on you bit by unpredictable bit." - Boston Globe, Read More
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Originally commissioned and produced by Seattle Repertory Theater in January, 2014; Braden Abraham, Director; Jerry Manning, Artistic Director.