UPDATED MARCH 11, 2023 12:47 PM
EXCERPTS: When the envelopes open at the 95th Oscars on Sunday, there will be at least one Idahoan in the audience with fingers crossed: Moscow-born-and-raised playwright turned screenwriter Samuel D. Hunter.
“The Whale” takes place in Moscow, although it was not filmed there. “A Bright New Boise” is set in Idaho’s capital. His plays “Lewiston” and “Clarkson” are set in the towns of the same names, and “A Case for the Existence of God,” one of his most recent, is set in Twin Falls. “I certainly don’t sit down and say, ‘What can I write about Idaho today?’” Hunter said in an interview for Treasure Magazine in 2014. “But I keep writing plays set in Idaho, although I don’t think there is anything quintessentially Idahoan about them. Of course, I bring who I am to the work, and Idaho is a big part of who I am, both consciously and subconsciously.”
That keeps him coming back home. Hunter premiered two plays at Boise Contemporary Theater in 2011.