Know a Theatre: Boise Contemporary Theater of Boise, Idaho

With 200 seats and 2,000 subscribers, the company has built an audience that expects the unexpected.

EXCERPTS: “BOISE, IDAHO: “We tell stories here,” is the motto of Boise Contemporary Theater, a small, 21-year-old company located in the arts-friendly downtown of this Gem State capital, between the Boise Art Museum and Freak Alley Gallery, between a 4-screen art house cinema and Treefort Music Fest. An incubator of fresh work as well as a producer of new work from elsewhere, BCT has staked out a strong identity in a city and a state that are culturally underrated, though in this case not under-served.”

What sets your theatre apart from others in your region?
In addition to producing contemporary plays that have already had success in other places, BCT is the only professional company within 300 miles committed to premiering new work. Each season we assemble a team of exceptional local artists and visiting artists from across the country, building on longstanding relationships, while always adding new perspectives and expertise. We also perform in a remarkably intimate space. There are more than 200 seats here, but you’re never more than nine rows from the action.

Kathy McCafferty and Cherene Snow in “Fata Morgana” by Jeni Mahoney, a 2015 world premiere at Boise Contemporary Theater.

Sara Bruner and Tracy Sunderland in “The Physics of Regret” by Michael Rohd, at Boise Contemporary Theater in 2006. Lighting design by Jeremy Winchester, scenic design by Michael Baltzell, and costume design by Hannah K. Read.


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