BCT Announces 2015-16 Plays 

click to enlarge Lauren Weedman returns to BOI and BCT Jan. 2015. - LAUREN WEEDMAN/BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER
  • Lauren Weedman/Boise Contemporary Theater
  • Lauren Weedman returns to BOI and BCT Jan. 2015.
Boise Contemporary Theater has announced its 2015-16 season, and theatergoers will find much in the lineup that's familiar.

A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonagh runs Wednesday, Oct. 7-Saturday, Oct. 31. Described by Irish Theatre Magazine as "the forgotten sister in The Leenane Trilogy," this play is less staged than its siblings The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West, though its themes are no less dark than McDonagh's more widely known play Pillowman, which both thrilled and offended BCT audiences when it ran in Jan. and Feb. 2008. A Skull in Connemara concerns a gravedigger, Mick Dowd, whose job is to consolidate space in his local cemetery to make space for new graves. When he digs up the grave of his wife, who died suddenly under mysterious circumstances, rumors about his role in her death are unearthed, too.

No More Sad Things by South Korean playwright Hansol Jung runs Tuesday, Nov. 24-Saturday, Dec. 19. Like many plays popular with BCT audiences, No More Sad Things traffics in themes of escapism, chance encounters and memories of love. In it, 32-year-old Jessiee skips town and flies to Maui where, on the shores of the fabled Ka'anapali beach, she meets native Hawaiian, Kahekili, who conjures memories of her first love. When Jessiee receives troubling news from home, she has to choose between island life and real life.

Lauren Weedman returns to BCT Tuesday, Jan. 5-Saturday, Jan. 16. Weedman (Looking, Hung, The Daily Show) has a long and colorful past with BCT, first directing and starring in 2007's one-woman show, Bust. Tickets to Weedman's 2016 one-woman performance are available only to purchasers of 2015-16 early bird season tickets. 

Constellations by Nick Payne runs Wednesday, Feb. 10-Saturday, March 5. Payne's play opened in January 2015 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater on Broadway to a favorable review from The New York Times' theater critic Ben Brantley, who praised the two-character drama's clarity, characters and effects. But as Brandley noted, the play began as a black-box production in London and as we'll note here, this boy-meets-girl story that invokes heady—though not-unpermeable—themes of quantum physics and self consciousness that will likely fit well in BCT's black box theater.

A New Comedy by Eric Coble runs Wednesday, April 13-Saturday, May 7. Coble's The Velocity of Autumn, Cinderella Confidential, My Barking Dog, Graphic Depictions and The Storm in the Barn have all been performed at BCT. In A New Comedy, Coble takes aim at what will be big news in early 2016: the presidential primary process.
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