A Permanent Image Seeks to Leave a Lasting Impression on Boise Audiences 

Tuesday, Nov. 22 - Saturday, Dec. 17

Samuel D. Hunter's new work explores family themes, in an un-fuzzy way.

Laurie Pearman

Samuel D. Hunter's new work explores family themes, in an un-fuzzy way.

Boise Contemporary Theater is staging the world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's A Permanent Image, the a story of a broken family coming back together. You might think this is going to be a warm-and-fuzzy tale for the holidays, but the play shows the ugly underbelly of family relations—it's more of a winter of discontent for main characters Bo and Ally.

In A Permanent Image, the two return to their small Idaho hometown to see their mother after their father's funeral. To their unpleasant surprise, their mother has painted everything in the house white, leaving little chance for a cozy family reunion. Over the course of the play, and with plenty of alcohol—just the ammunition any family gathering needs—they learn the reason for their mother's apparent disconnect from reality. Hunter staged a co-world premiere of Norway at BCT last season. He also featured Idaho as a backdrop in A Bright New Boise, which portrays a craft store employee praying for the Rapture to deliver him from his job. Hunter's work is known to provoke questions about life and religion, and he refuses to shy away from topics most of us don't talk about frankly.

A Permanent Image also features BCT Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark in a lead role. So, break the mold of sugary-sweet holiday classics and jumpstart your brain from its tryptophan-induced fog with a little staged family conflict.

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