A Bright New Boise Tickets
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A Bright New Boise Tickets

This new play brings you on a journey through a craft store like never before.
A Bright New Boise Tickets
A Bright New Boise Tickets

About A Bright New Boise

A Bright New Boise boldly mines themes integral to Hunter’s work, particularly the search for divinity and intimacy and the question of how the social and physical architectures of late capitalism create a breeding ground for American zealotry.

Will (Peter Mark Kendall) has fled his northern Idaho hometown and found a new community in the artificially bright break room of his new Boise workplace, a Hobby Lobby craft-supply chain store. But there are other reasons he’s chosen to make a fresh start for himself in the world of this specific big box store: one recent scandalous tragedy and another from long ago involving a new coworker. Will’s presence—the past that sticks to him, the grandiosity of his troubled faith, the weight of his hunger to connect—threatens to throw the sanctuary of the Hobby Lobby ecosystem into chaos.

Run time

100 minutes no intermission

Start date

January 31st, 2023

End date

March 12th, 2023




A Bright New Boise cast and creative team

By: Samuel D. Hunter
Director: Oliver Butler
Producer: Signature Theatre
Cast list: Anna Baryshnikov (as Anna), Ignacio Diaz-Silverio (as Alex), Eva Kaminsky (as Pauline), Peter Mark Kendall (as Will), Angus O'Brien (as Leroy) Design: Wilson Chin
Costumes: April M. Hickman
Lighting: Jen Schriever
Sound: Christopher Darbassie
Other info: Projection and video design by Stefania Bulbarella


480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, USA, 10036


Wheelchair access, assisted listening devices; open caption, audio described, and ASL performances

More information about A Bright New Boise

Samuel D. Hunter's Obie Award-winning play A Bright New Boise returns off Broadway at Signature Theatre. Get A Bright New Boise tickets on TodayTix.

The A Bright New Boise play follows Will, a man fleeing northern Idaho and a traumatic religious past. His first step in starting over is landing a job at Hobby Lobby, but his quest to reconcile his past and create his future upends the dynamic among all his coworkers.

This play is Hunter's second at Signature within a year, following the world premiere of A Case For the Existence of God last spring. A Bright New Boise isn't new, though — the show premiered in 2010 and won Hunter an Obie Award for Playwriting the following year. That production of A Bright New Boise in New York was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award and jumpstarted Hunter's career.

Directing A Bright New Boise off Broadway is fellow Obie winner Oliver Butler, who won for directing The Open House at Signature in 2014. He also directed Heidi Schreck's What the Constitution Means to Me on and off Broadway, and that play was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

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What to Watch For

  • Hunter wrote A Bright New Boise in three months. He had a production scheduled before the play was even finished, so he had a deadline!
  • Hunter sets all his plays in Idaho, where he grew up. A Case For the Existence of God, for example, takes place in Twin Falls.
  • Themes of spirituality and spiritual journeys also factor into many of Hunter's plays, as religion fascinates the playwright. A Bright New Boise and The Whale, for example, have lead characters searching for something to believe in after leaving a church community.
  • Hunter's play The Whale received a 2022 film adaptation starring Brendan Fraser.
  • Hunter presented his first play at a local community theatre when he was in high school. The show was called Sixth Armageddon and, according to an interview with Hunter, was over three hours long!


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