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A Bright New Boise - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

A Bright New Boise

Samuel D. Hunter

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573602450

In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning the Rapture.

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Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - A windowless breakroom of a Hobby Lobby in Boise, Idaho; the parking lot of the Hobby Lobby.


Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Strong Language, No Special Cautions




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


Obie, From Off-Broadway

WINNER - 2011 Obie Award for Playwriting
NOMINEE - 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play

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.

In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls of the Hobby Lobby confront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith.Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise is a earnest comedy about the meager profits of modern faith.


"Nothing is pretty about A Bright New Boise, a play that marches in the footsteps of Sam Shepard's acid comedies, set in the weird American West...Hunter has such highly sensitive antennae for the look and rhythm of mundane places that A Bright New Boise develops an authentic texture, separate from other pieces in its genre." - The Washington Post Read More

"This clear-eyed comedy will lift your heart." —Time Out New York"Samuel D. Hunter has offered us a humorous and touching exploration of faith and family" – NYTheatre.com Read More

"Samuel D. Hunter has effectively rendered himself a playwright to watch with A Bright New Boise...a quietly affecting drama that delves into the always thorny issues of faith, forgiveness, and second chances with great eloquence and compassion." -TheatreMania Read More


A BRIGHT NEW BOISE: Questions of Ambition and Faith
by Amy Rose Marsh
February 10, 2015
Commissioned and first produced by Partial Comfort Productions at the Wild Project in New York City, September 2010. Directed by Davis McCallum.

Second production at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in October 2011. Directed by John Vreeke.



3m, 2f

WILL - Late thirties, male.
PAULINE - Late thirties to early forties, female.
ANNA - Late twenties to early thirties, female.
LEROY - Early to mid twenties, male.
ALEX - 17, male.
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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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This 2011 Obie Award-winning dark comedy by Samuel D. Hunter centers around Will, a man searching for a new start in the wake of a murder scandal that tore apart his former church.  Will looks to the white walls and florescent lighting of The Hobby Lobby, a crafts store in Boise, Idaho, to provide him the new beginning he is looking for.  It is not the bolsa wood and felt flowers that drew him to choose the corporate craft store, but a yearning to reconnect with his son, Alex, whom he gave up for adoption 17 years ago. Alex works at The Hobby Lobby with his foster brother, Leroy, loud-mouthed boss, Pauline, and clumsy bookworm, Anna. Will's plan to reconnect with Alex is jeopardized when Leroy digs into his past and uncovers the truth about his involvement in the church scandal that left one boy dead and the pastor in jail.  When Will is unable to escape the past and Alex is unable to face the future, the Hobby Lobby is turned inside out as its employees search for meaning in the world outside of the double doors.  

A BRIGHT NEW BOISE is a character study that explores the complexities of faith and forgiveness in the ever-changing landscape of modern America. As Will desperately awaits The Rapture, he must not only come to terms with his own faith, but the banal reality in which he lives.  Hunter has a knack for creating compelling characters that yearn to understand and be understood.  As the characters grapple to find the meaning in their lives, they find beauty in the ordinary.  

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