Middle of the World

For many years I’ve felt that the theater is the closest thing to a church most people will ever encounter. It is one of the last places that exist where a person is invited in, with open arms, and asked - just for an hour or two - to put away what they carry with them and actively practice empathy. A practice that is so deeply, unfathomably important. One that opens us up to a world that is so much larger and more loving and incomprehensible than the one we’re told we live in.


I grew up in a church like the one presented on stage… I walked into a familiar landscape tonight and was so beyond touched to see such a real struggle in front of me. One I’ve had. One my mother confronted as her father was dying. One exceedingly difficult to grapple with.


This is the kind of work that sits with you for years, sneaking up unexpectedly to make you reconsider, long after the show has closed. This is the kind of work that I want to be a part of. Tonight made me feel just how much I miss the theater and how much I appreciate the work that you are bringing to us. It is a gift to create this kind of show. It is a gift to all of us who get to sit in the question and the hurt and the struggle.


World Premiere

Middle of the World

by Juan José Alfonso

October 11-October 28, 2023

Run Time: Approximately 80 minutes with NO intermission

From our first BIPOC Playwrights Festival, this story from an LA playwright is a new work BCT helped develop and is now proud to present as a world premiere!

On the verge of closing the biggest deal of his life, Glenn, an investment banker for the second largest investment bank in the world, steps into an Uber in midtown Manhattan. It all takes a sharp turn as he gets deeper into conversation with Victoria, the driver who turns out to be far more interesting than the usual person who takes you from point A to point B. She’s from South America but studied in Chicago as he did. She has a doctorate in economics. She used to be someone important.

As the relationship between Glenn and Victoria grows, we learn he grew up in the projects and now has everything he ever wanted yet feels deeply unfulfilled, while she was a leader expelled from power who now lives in disgrace, with her assets frozen, her family estranged and her pride preventing her from moving on. Yet, we witness her unwavering determination to clear her name and return home. Through protagonists Glenn and Victoria, we delve into conversations about social injustice, personal sacrifice, and an unfettered love for country that supersedes morality.

“I have a powerful urge to communicate with you, but I find the distance between us insurmountable.”


A decidedly suspenseful, über engaging piece that burns slowly and intensely from beginning to end. Alfonso has this incredible gift of humanizing characters; characters who other writers might set up as stereotypes; as devices to be demonized or to be torn down/destroyed. But every character in this play is fully developed, fully human, fully flawed and ultimately vulnerable and in need. Yes, this play is full of intrigue, but is also full of heart. Brilliant work. Highly recommend. 
          –Craig Houk, playwright



PHOTO: Kathryn Mueller

Playwright Juan José Alfonso

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Show Times

Wednesday & Thursday – 7:00 pm

Friday & Saturday – 8:00 pm

Saturday Matinee – 2:00 pm

Special Performance Dates

Preview Nights:
Oct 11-Oct 13, 2023

Pay What You Want Night:
Oct 11, 2023

Opening Night:
Oct 14, 2023

Educators’ Night:
Oct 18, 2023

Post-Show Convo:
Sat, Oct 21 & Fri, Oct 27

Closing Night:
Oct 28, 2023

Content and Stage Effects Advisory

BCT does not proactively offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.

If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 208.331.9224 or boxoffice@bctheater.org.

Ticket Prices

22|23 Preview Performances

(First Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday prior to Opening Night)

               All Seats – $28

22|23 Regular Performances

               Section A – $45

               Section B – $38

               Section C – $32

22|23 Student Tickets

As part of our commitment to keeping theater accessible to everyone, we will continue to offer discounted students tickets to anyone with a valid Student ID. Student Tickets are valid in any available seating area.

               All Student Seats – $18

*Prices do not include applicable taxes and fees

Seating Map

Seating prices are based
on where you sit.

Seats are divided into 4 sections:
Section A, Section B, Section C,
and the BCT BOX.

All seating prices will be based on the Section where your tickets are located regardless of day.

Click on the seating chart below to see the seating sections.

*Preview Performances and Student Tickets will be continue to be priced at a single discounted rate and will not be seated according to section.



Ben Voris@bwvoris
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The 5x5 was wonderful—with one rehearsal! Loved the chance to listen to the Q&A with the actors and to shake their hands. Looking forward to Sweat.
Kris Clegg@kris.clegg.10
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What an incredible show! Thank you!! You, the cast and the play were amazing!
Edna Shochat@Edna.Shochat
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Thank you for this show. And what a performance that was.