Seattle Rep commissions Idaho playwright for new work

Seattle Repertory Theatre commissioned Idaho’s Samuel D. Hunter for “A Great Wilderness,” a new play that explores issues of homosexuality with the humor and gentle humanity that resonates in all of his work so far. A Moscow native, Hunter now lives in New York City. He has been making a name for himself and his home state since winning an Obie Award in 2011 — that’s the Off-Broadway equivalent of the Tony given out by the Village Voice — for “A Bright New Boise.” He also received a Drama Desk Award nomination for the script.

Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter

Boise Contemporary Theater commissioned the play “A Permanent Image” from Hunter in 2011 and produced his “Norway” that same year. He also received national attention for his play “The Whale,” which premiered at Playwrights Horizon in New York and was developed at the Denver Center.

“A Great Wilderness” plays Jan. 17-Feb. 16 at the Leo K. Theatre. Find out more here.

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