Idaho Shakespeare Festival's Season Opens, BW Wants Your B & W 

Chop up your crudites and assemble your cheese plates, Idaho Shakespeare Festival's 34th season is packed with enough comedy, tragedy, camp and horror to keep your picnic baskets and low-backed chairs saddled in the trunk of your Prius.

The season's opener, A Midsummer Night's Dream, is an ISF signature piece set in 1960s London. The play opens Friday, June 4, and runs through Friday, July 30.

"The story is about youth rebellion—a group of young kids, the four lovers in the show, trying to essentially go against the norms of their very establishment community," said ISF Artistic Director Charlie Fee.

Next in line is the campy, Twilight-meets-Rocky Horror Picture Show production Bat Boy: The Musical, based on a Weekly World News tabloid tale of a half-bat, half-human. The show runs from Friday, June 11-Saturday, July 24.

"It's a story of the outsider in the community; the person who's different, who doesn't fit in with the normal world," Fee said.

Third on the roster is Oscar Wilde's witty An Ideal Husband, which runs from Friday, July 16-Friday, Aug. 27.

"It's got all the best qualities of Oscar Wilde--outrageous characters, unbelievably witty dialogue--but it also has, at its heart, a little bit more of a dramatic situation," said Fee.

Next is Shakespeare's heavyweight tragedy Othello, a play that explores jealousy and betrayal, centering on the character Othello, a dark-skinned Venetian general. Othello opens Friday, Aug. 6, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 29.

"Without any question, you're seeing a lot of productions of Othello these days, and it's certainly a reflection of our own political situation with President Obama," said Fee.

Wrapping things up is The Woman in Black, a Gothic horror story adapted from the novel by Susan Hill. The play runs from Friday, Sept. 3-Sunday, Sept. 26.

Listen up, photo nerds. You've got just one month to channel your inner black and white. The deadline for Boise Weekly's annual Black and White photo contest is Wednesday, June 30, at 5 p.m. All prints must be at least 8 inches in one dimension, mounted on white 16-inch by 20-inch matboard, with your name, category (people, places, things), phone number and address scrawled on the back of each entry. Entries are $5 a pop and you can submit as many photos as you want.

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