Animals Out of Paper 

Freestyling and origami might seem, at first glance, to orbit in entirely different hobby universes. While one is about improvisation and quick-witted social exchanges, the other requires an exacting concentration and is inherently solitary. In the mind of origami prodigy and 17-year-old hip-hop enthusiast Suresh--one of the lead characters in Rajiv Joseph's play Animals Out of Paper--they fit together naturally. Summing up the connection, Suresh says: "Don't you know how sometimes you gotta think about something by not thinking about it?"

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Boise Contemporary Theater will explore origami, freestyling and human connections further when they preview Animals Out of Paper, the second play of the fall season. Directed by Maureen Towey, the play follows three decidedly different people, despondent origami artist and book author Ilana Andrews, high school student/origami-folding prodigy Suresh, and Andy, the blessings-counting calculus teacher who brings them together.

While Joseph may be only 35 years old, this American playwright has already made a name for himself with plays like All This Intimacy and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. In addition to receiving the 2009 Whiting Writer's Award--an international award given annually to 10 writers of fiction, nonfiction, plays and/or poetry who show "exceptional talent and promise in early career"--Joseph was also nominated for a 2009 Lucille Lortel Award. Hailed as "alternatively wrenching and funny" by The New York Times, Animals Out of Paper is the latest in a long list of not-to-be-missed productions that make up BCT's 2009-2010 season.

Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Dec. 19, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. $21-$32, $12 previews, students and ages 25 and younger, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-442-3232, bctheater.org.

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