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.
RED HOT PATRIOT: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
By Margaret Engel & Allison Engel
If you loved ANN, join us for a companion piece, RED HOT PATRIOT: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, starring Lynn Allison Hofflund, on July 26th at the Botanical Gardens. Gates open at 6pm and the reading will begin at 7pm.
We can’t wait to present our reading in the garden of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. This is the story of the unsinkable Molly Ivins, the famously brassy newspaper columnist and best-selling author. A true Texas original, Ivins was a sharp-tongued wit who skewered the political establishment and the “good ol’ boys” with her unforgettable humor and wisdom. Our 5×5 reading and subsequent radio play of ANN, about Texas Governor Ann Richards, proved so popular that we decided BCT audiences would enjoy a visit with another real-life powerhouse from the same time period. There is a familiar cast of characters, the same bawdy Texas humor, and Ivins’ singular insights into the politics, journalism and social expectations of her time. And who better to bring yet another Texas visionary to the stage than the incomparable Lynn Allison Hofflund?
Thanks for joining us for a RED HOT evening of theater. But don’t worry – even if the temperature is high, the garden offers plentiful shade and the joy of gathering together again.
“What a delight to encounter once again the wit and wisdom of the late newspaper columnist Molly Ivins, who never met a politician she couldn’t skewer with her salty satire.” – LA TIMES
“If you’re looking for an entertaining piece of theater that will leave you both laughing and pondering your own place on the political map, go see Red Hot Patriot.” – The Arts Fuse, Boston
Molly Ivins – Lynn Allison Hofflund
Sound Technician – Tim Long
Gallery featuring Molly Ivins
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 First Annual BIPOC Playwrights Festival is brought to you by the generous support of the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation (IWCF). The Morrison Center Endowment Fund has made it possible for us to perform on the Morrison Center stage and is providing support and staffing throughout the festival. Read more about the plays, playwrights and directors below.
Festival Dates: August 2–14
The playwrights, directors, and actors will use the first week to
workshop these brand new plays.
August 6 & 7:
Performance readings of Half of Chopsticks and Middle of the World
A special panel with the playwrights!
August 13 & 14:
Performances of Turn, a one-woman play featuring writer M’Balia Singley and local Boise musicians.
BCT 21|22 MAINSTAGE SEASON
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.
Click here for more information and tickets