Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - The play takes place entirely on the floor of a nation-wide Italian restaurant. franchise in Pocatello, Idaho. The set should be specific enough that we know exactly what it is but general enough that it could be anywhere in the country.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Alcohol, Drugs, Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
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
Eddie manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatello—a small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises. But he can’t serve enough Soup, Salad & Breadstick Specials to make his hometown feel like home. Against the harsh backdrop of Samuel D. Hunter’s Idaho, this heartbreaking comedy is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape.
“Samuel D. Hunter evokes a world in which identity itself has come to seem confusingly mass-produced... Pocatello suggests that while the brand names may have changed, the blues sung by quietly desperate middle Americans still have the same old lyrics.” - The New York Times, Read More
"Hunter, as warmhearted a dramatist as can be experienced these days, crafts Pocatello as if it were a Robert Altman film.” - Entertainment Weekly, Read More
“A touching production, both heartbreaking and funny, with an excellent cast, thoughtfully directed by Davis McCallum.” - Associated Press, Read More
“★★★★ Skillful and moving, humanely rendered and shrewdly structured, Hunter’s writing achieves a new level of technical complexity and strikes keen, ringing notes.” - Time Out New York, Read More
Check out these photos from Playwrights Horizons' production of Pocatello in December 2014.
RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER
When You’re Here, You’re Family: Samuel D. Hunter’s POCATELLO
by Garrett Anderson
February 23, 2016
Pocatello premiered in New York City at Playwrights Horizons in December of 2014, under the direction of Davis McCallum.