We are pleased to announce the publication of Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale/A Bright New Boise. This is the first book by Hunter from TCG. Winner of Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards, The Whale has had several notable productions, including its world premiere at the Denver Theatre Company in January 2012 and an off-Broadway run at Playwrights Horizons in October 2012 in New York, NY. The Obie Award-winning A Bright New Boise was first produced by Partial Comfort Productions in New York in September 2010, and enjoyed a subsequent production at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington, DC. The award-winning plays will be available in paperback and as an eBook.
Praise for The Whale: “A vibrant, provocative new play… The sharp-eared skill and sensitivity with which Hunter explores his thickly layered material are matched by his fair-mindedness.”
—The Village Voice
Acclaimed for his gentle, complex characterizations, Samuel D. Hunter’s big-hearted and fiercely funny plays explore the quiet desperation running through many American lives. The Whale tells the story of a six hundred-pound shut-in’s last chance at redemption and of discovering beauty in the most unexpected places when he reaches out to his long-estranged—and severely unhappy—daughter.
Hunter’s second piece, the Obie Award-winning A Bright New Boise, is a philosophical investigation of faith and search for meaning in rural Idaho where a disgraced evangelical is forced to take a minimum-wage job at the local Hobby Lobby craft store in an effort to reunite with his estranged son.
Praise for A Bright New Boise: “A simple, superb little heartland heartbreaker…This is a rube tragedy – a respectful and honest-feeling one, for a change – and by jingo, it sings.”
Samuel D. Hunter‘s other plays include A Permanent Image, Jack’s Precious Moment, Five Genocides, The Few, Rest, A Great Wilderness, Pocatello, and Norway. He has active playwriting commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep (California), and Playwrights Horizons (New York). He was also the 2013 resident playwright at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and is a core member of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.