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The Harvest - Full Length Play, Drama

The Harvest

Samuel D. Hunter

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573706080

“Engrossing and suspenseful […] The Harvesttakes place in a jammed intersection of religion, family, sexuality and poverty, which the playwright maps out in evocative detail.” – Time Out New York

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - The small, moldy furnished basement of a small church in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  


No intermission

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes




College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


From Off-Broadway

In the basement of a small evangelical church in southeastern Idaho, a group of young missionaries is preparing to go to the Middle East. One of them – a young man who has recently lost his father – has bought a one-way ticket. But his plans are complicated when his estranged sister returns home and makes it her mission to keep him there.


“[Hunter] handles his characters with the sensitivity of a gifted sculptor, or maybe a master whittler who shapes each with a razor-sharp knife. The dialogue in The Harvest is rich in fine emotional nuance […]” – The New York Times, Read More 

“Engrossing and suspenseful […] The Harvest takes place in a jammed intersection of religion, family, sexuality and poverty, which the playwright maps out in evocative detail.” – Time Out New York, Read More 

“Passionate and funny and daring […] marvelously theatrical in a way that most serious plays about faith are not.” – New York Magazine, Read More 

“Hunter has become the theater's premiere chronicler of the ways religion can simultaneously uplift and discourage the most vulnerable. As deep as his beautiful heartbreakers like A Bright New Boise and The Whale have managed to go, The Harvest displays an even more profound maturity on Hunter's part, in terms of both plot and character development, and the unspoken nuances.” – TheaterMania, Read More 

“Exquisitely judged […] Hunter has managed to strip the drama of The Harvest down to an essence where there is nothing histrionic or fancy or worked-up about what we are seeing, which only exposes how so many other plays are built on such things.” – Brooklyn Magazine, Read More

The Harvest premiered at LCT3 in New York City in October 2016 under the direction of Davis McCallum. 



4m, 3f

JOSH - Early twenties, male.
TOM - Early twenties, male.
MICHAELA - Late twenties, female.
ADA - Mid twenties, female.
DENISE - Early twenties, female.
MARCUS - Early twenties, male.
CHUCK - 50’s, male.
  • Peter Mark Kendall and Gideon Glick discuss The Harvest

  • Montage of The Harvest at LCT3

Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter’s plays include The Whale (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest, Pocatello, Lewiston, Clarkston, and most recently, The Healing and The Harvest. He is the recipient of ... view full profile

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