Life Sucks – BCT Summer Reading Series

It’s time to go outside and Play! Experience intriguing new plays straight off the page, and imagine the visual world without full sets, costumes or props. Let your creativity fill in the blanks.

Soak up the warm summer sun as you enjoy an evening of theater in a casual and laid-back fashion in the beautiful Idaho Botanical Garden, featuring some of Boise’s finest talent, and some of the hottest new scripts. Then join a discussion with the actors, directors and playwrights who bring these remarkable works of art to life.

Tonight's Reading

LIFE SUCKS by Aaron Posner

In this brash reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that LIFE SUCKS! Or does it?


“[LIFE SUCKS.] is altogether wise, profoundly humane, hilarious, quirky, endearing and, in countless clever ways, brilliantly faithful to its source…Posner has managed to find his own voice in the process, bringing a playful, far from cynical, fourth-wall-piercing originality to the story…” —Chicago Sun-Times. 

“…adrenaline-fueled, hyper-aware…[Posner] sticks lovingly close to Chekhov’s plot…[He] gives huge and equal bearhugs to Chekhov’s absurd comedy and touching pathos while leaving room to banter with the audience…sassy yet heartfelt…” —The Washington Post.


Vanya – Benjamin Burdick*

Sonia – Russell Wilson

Ella – Marissa Price

Babs – Denise Simone*

The Professor – Richard Klautsch*


Dr. Aster – Nick Garcia*

Pickles – Erin Davidson

Directed by – Jessica Ires Morris*


Sound Technician – Tim Long

*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Two teenagers will sound their barbaric yawps throughout the course of a life altering evening. Soldiers on opposite sides will sing together, despite the deepest of divisions. A brand new one-woman show will take us through the dark days of chemotherapy, radiation and into the bright white light of transformation. A community will hotly pursue its own sense of the American Dream. And we will, finally, get to witness the show on the roof. 

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As you all know, BCT’s mission is to inspire our community to examine our perspectives and better understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us by creating thought-provoking stories of the human experience. What better way to adhere to those ideas than by bringing new stories, penned by artists from all over the country to Boise? We are committed to ensuring that all aspects of the human experience are explored on our stages.

The BIPOC Playwrights Festival will take place over two weeks in August 2021. Click here for more information and to get tickets to the performances.

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