Catch five plays in the raw, and join a discussion with the actors, directors, and those who bring these remarkable works of art to life.
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All readings take place on Monday evenings at BCT.
by Jen Silverman
$12 adult | $8 student
Directed by Leslie Durham, and read by Ann Price and Tracy Sunderland
Recently divorced and living in an old house in Iowa, Sharon finds a sensible roommate like herself—a woman in her fifties—to make ends meet. But she quickly learns that Robyn, a vegan from the Bronx, couldn’t be further from the ladies in her book club. Hell-bent on getting to know Robyn despite their differences, Sharon deploys her friendly Midwestern charm at full force. Their sensibilities are humorously mismatched, but turning over a new leaf can have unintended consequences.
Jen Silverman just received the 2016-17 PoNY Fellowship, the annual playwrighting grant endowed with notably robust support (including a rent-free year in a Manhattan apartment) and a significant track record in identifying rising talent at the earliest stages of their careers. Presented by the Lark, the New York-based nonprofit dedicated to the development of new stage work, and Playwrights of New York (PoNY), the PoNY fellowship’s previous recipients have included Samuel D. Hunter, who went on to win a MacArthur genius grant, and is a frequent BCT collaborator.
Read the article HERE.
Previous 5X5 readings this season:
by Annie Baker
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, THE FLICK is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.
“The Flick may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theater.” – New York Magazine
HOW TO HIDE YOUR MONSTER
by Heidi Kraay
When Jessie Rose runs away to care for her grandfather, she discovers a secret her mother Judith has kept since she was a kid. She calls in Judith and her sister Savannah to help force out the truth—but in each woman lies a hidden monster in wait, ready to break or liberate her. If they erupt, what’s on the other side? This is a play by Boise playwright Kraay that is in love with truth, memory, family, longing and wholeness, dealing with the secrets we keep from the people we love most in order to protect them.
THE OPEN HOUSE
by Will Eno
People have been born into families since people started getting born at all. Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time, too. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, “Can things really change?” People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn’t been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.
“4 STARS!” – NY Daily News
“MORDANTLY FUNNY!” – NY Times
by Eric Coble
$12 adult | $8 student
In Dove Creek, Colorado, folks live lonely, separate lives: Phyllis manages a bank by day, cares for her cats by night; Earl butchers meat at the local grocery, numb to the world around him; and Meaghan is partying her senior year of high school away. But after a tragedy devastates the small town, the Mysteries begin–improbable pregnancies, angelic visitations, hearts literally growing with feeling like the Grinch’s. Phyllis, Meaghan and Earl find themselves bound together as the Mysteries herald a cataclysmic event that will change their lives. But are they preparing for a miracle or succumbing to madness? From esteemed playwright and River Prize Fellow Eric Coble comes a riveting exploration of faith and community in small-town America.
Note: We will not be doing the 5X5 WEST Reading Series this year. A huge thank you to our wonderful friends at the Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa for being our 5X5 WEST partner last season.