The struggling, desperate writer is a trope as old as time. And while that character tends to linger in a messy, low-lit room waiting for inspiration amid mounds of crumpled paper, his creativity rarely turns criminal.
But that's not the case for the pathetic playwright at the center of local writer Adam Harrell's new play, The Basement Company, which will be staged by Homegrown Theater Tuesday, Sept. 25-Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Linen Building.
According to Homegrown's website, the play centers on a "desperate playwright who is struggling to get his play produced, so he kidnaps the [city's] best actors and forces them to produce the play in his basement."
For the production, director and Idaho Shakespeare Festival actress Sarah Gardner (Romeo and Juliet) has kidnapped some of her fellow ISF co-workers--Dakotah Brown (Romeo and Juliet, The Winter's Tale), Veronica Von Tobel (The Winter's Tale), Rod Wolfe (ISF Touring Company) and Justin Ness (ISF 2000-2001 season actor)--to star in the production.
Homegrown's past staged productions include Veronica Livingstone, I Presume, by Boise Weekly's Josh Gross, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl and Closer by Patrick Marber. Homegrown also hosts the monthly BLIP reading series at Hyde Park Books and prides itself on using "local actors, local playwrights, local carpenters, architects, photographers, artists and designers" whenever possible.
The Basement Company is a dark comedy and therefore recommended for ages 15 and older.