5X5 Reading Series



Kris Clegg@kris.clegg.10
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What an incredible show! Thank you!! You, the cast and the play were amazing!
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Thank you for this show. And what a performance that was.

Next Reading:

  • February 6, 2023 | 7PM

Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau

Runs ~90 mins with no intermission

Synopsis: Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away?

With profound compassion and lyricism, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore. Morisseau pens a deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future — without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.

“The title refers to two different kinds of institutionalized segregation. In the first, “gifted and talented” students are culled from the public-school crowd and given accelerated classroom experiences. The second refers to the schools-to-prison syndrome that plagues poor, mostly inner-city, and mostly African-American families. That appears to have been the fate in store for Omari…, whose recently divorced parents have separated him from public schools and shipped him off to prep school in the hope of improving his chances of avoiding one kind of pipeline and benefitting from another.

Pipeline is at once an homage to such authors as Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes and Amiri Baraka and yet firmly the product of a unique, deeply resonant sensibility.” – DeadlineRead More


  • Xavier – Kelcey Watson
  • Omari – John Wicks
  • Nya – Joy DeMichelle
  • Dun- Tim Starks
  • Jasmine – Talia Martinez
  • Laurie – Jessica Ires Morris
  • With Jovani Zambrano

“We Real Cool,” Gwendolyn Brooks’ brief but famous poem, plays a major part in this play and honestly, it gives us a great reason to listen to Morgan Freeman. On repeat. You’re welcome.

We Real Cool

The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel.

            We real cool. We
            Left school. We
            Lurk late. We
            Strike straight. We
            Sing sin. We
            Thin gin. We
            Jazz June. We
            Die soon.

Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool” from Selected Poems. Copyright © 1963 by Gwendolyn Brooks.

Upcoming Dates:

  • March 20, 2023 | 7PM
  • May 1, 2023 | 7PM

*Seating is General Admission

      • Single Ticket – $15.00
      • 25-and-Under & Student Ticket – $10.00
      • 5X5 Reading Series Package: $50 | $30  Student Package
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Past Performances:

  • December 19, 2022 | 7PM
    • Miracle on South Division Street (Holiday Version) by Tom Dudzick
      Directed by Jessica Ires Morris

      We meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY, gathering at the shabby old homestead to commemorate the family “miracle” as is their Christmas ritual. According to family lore, on Christmas Eve in 1942, the Blessed Mother herself appeared to Grandpa in the family barbershop. Now Clara, the family matriarch, happily tends to the family heirloom, a twenty-foot memorial shrine to the Virgin Mary which adjoins the house. As daughter Ruth unveils her plan to write and star in a one-woman Christmas show about the family miracle so the “whole world will know,” the entire family’s faith is shaken to the very core when a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel. The results are heartfelt and hilarious!

      Denise Simone
      Veronica Von Tobel
      Sasha Allen-Grieve
      Taylor Hawker

Clara’s three grown children are testing her patience and her faith: one stopped going to Mass, another has a Christmas Eve date with an ex-priest, and one has been “bowling with a Jewish girl — and Clara knows full well where bowling leads.” The playwright’s cleverly constructed dominos tie up seemingly loose ends “in a breezy but heartfelt message about tolerance.” –Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times

  • November 7, 2022 | 7PM

Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery

2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Finalist
2020 Obie Award for Playwriting
Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play
New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play
Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award

Synopsis: It’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in the middle of America, Will Arbery’s haunting play offers grace and disarming clarity, speaking to the heart of a country at war with itself.

Directed by Jessica Ires Morris, AEA/SAG-AFTRA. At BCT Jessica has directed and performed in several 5×5 and CRS readings and appeared in Clarkston, on the mainstage. She is a proud TheaterLab instructor. Jessica also teaches Acting at BSU and is a frequent lecturer with the Osher Institute. She earned a BA from Smith College in Massachusetts and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Jessica was a long-time company member of the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey and has performed in regional theaters all over the country, as well as on film and TV. She is wildly grateful for Boise audiences, all of her students (past and present), and all the Burdick boys. 



Lynn Allison Hofflund as Gina – Lynn Allison is known primarily for her brilliant work as a beloved veteran Boise actor [RED HOT PATRIOT: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, ANN, With Love and Major Organ], but also for the world premiere of her first effort as a playwright, Off the Record at BCT.


Davey Collins as Kevin – Davey Collins (he/him) is so excited to be back with his buddies at BCT. He loves this place and is an ardent believer in the endless wonder and bravery of creatives in this region. Previous credits: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (BCT); Stuart Little, The Magician’s Nephew (ITY); Small Matters, Another Agatha at Treefort 2021 (Migration Theory).


Jake Atkinson as Justin – Jake is a Boise native and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, LA. You may have seen him in recent productions at Boise Little Theater, Alley Rep’s Hot Asian Doctor Husband, or doing improv with Recycled Minds and Creatively.


Zoë Kelly as Theresa – Zoë Kelly is a senior theater arts major at BSU and has been in productions across the Treasure Valley [The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Pride and Prejudice, The Rocky Horror Show].


Amela Karadza as Emily – Amela Karadza was born in Bosnia and at age 5 immigrated to Boise where she has spent many delightful years. She’s a recent graduate of Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, MFA program. Some of her favorite roles include Joan (Vinegar Tom/Theatre C and Rutgers Theatre Co.), Duke of Aumerle (Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe in London), and #2 (The Wolves/Boise Contemporary Theater). She’s a proud member of AEA.



854 Fulton St
Boise, ID 83702


Tuesday-Friday: 10 am-2 pm.
(No in-person box office on Mondays).
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