Hyde Park Theatre presents

A Bright New Boise
by Samuel D. Hunter

directed by
Ken Webster

September 25 - October 25, 2014

Purchase tickets online or call 512-479-PLAY (7529) for reservations.

Just in! Two lovely raves:

"Nate Jackson, who's been sizzling every stage he's stepped on lately, perfectly embodies the adolescently distraught son. Rebecca Robinson is always a delight, but here . . . she's on fire, man, she's a f***ing ball of phosphorus in a pan of corporate holy water. . . . You should definitely see this highly recommended production."
-Austin Chronicle

"Hunter's plot is wickedly clever and his characters are sharply drawn. . . . [Benjamin] Summers’ performance is so rich that it alone justifies urging your friends to attend. . . .The rest of the cast selected and guided by director Ken Webster rise to the vivid opportunities presented by Hunter's script."
-Central Texas Live Theatre

Check out our 1:19 video trailer, courtesy of Eric Graham of IC Pictures:

"Bright New Boise" at Hyde Park Theatre from Eric Graham on Vimeo.

Winner of the 2011 Obie Award for Playwriting and nominated for the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise takes place in the break room of a Hobby Lobby in Boise, Idaho, where a man reconnects with the teenage son he hasn't seen since the boy was an infant. Savagely funny, deeply moving.

And by the way--just before we opened, Hunter was awarded a 2014 Macarthur Genius Award.

The production stars Benjamin Summers (Tragedy: a tragedy), Rebecca Robinson (Circle Mirror Transformation), Nate Jackson (Port Authority, punk play), Chase Brewer (punk play), and Katie Kohler (of the two-time FronteraFest Best-of-Fest winners The Back Pack). Ken Webster directs.

The show runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 25 - October 25, 2014. Thursdays are Pay What You Can Nights. For the first four weeks (September 25 - October 18) Friday and Saturday tickets are $20 ($18 for students, seniors, military, and Austin Creative Alliance members). For the final weekend (October 23 - 25), Friday and Saturday tickets are $22 ($20 for students, seniors, military, and Austin Creative Alliance members). Purchase tickets online or call 512-479-PLAY (7529) for reservations.

Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available during performances in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all for their generosity.

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from The National Endowment for the Arts.

HPT is also funded by a grant from The Still Water Foundation.

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