Pocatello

Pocatello

by  Samuel D. Hunter

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 5f

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.
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Pocatello
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • 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

Reviews

REVIEWS

"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 

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Videos

  • Pocatello trailer - Playwrights Horizons
  • Samuel D. Hunter on Pocatello
  • Audiences on Pocatello at Playwrights Horizons
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

5m, 5f
EDDIE - Male, early 30s.
MAX - Male, early 20s.
ISABELLE - Female, 20s.
TROY - Male, mid 30s.
DORIS - Female, 60s. Eddie and Nick’s mother.
NICK - Male, mid to late 30s. Eddie’s older brother.
KELLY - Female, mid 30s. Nick’s wife.
COLE - Male, 70s, Troy’s father.
TAMMY - Female, late 30s, Troy’s wife.
BECKY - Female, 17. Troy and Tammy’s daughter.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Features Teens
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

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, Cl ...

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Pocatello premiered in New York City at Playwrights Horizons in December of 2014, under the direction of Davis McCallum. 

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