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Boise Contemporary Theater Announces 2018-19 Season


Simon Stephens' play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on a novel of the same name, won seven Laurence Olivier Awards in 2013, tying with Matilda the Musical for the most awards until Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released in 2017. It's also the first play of the Boise Contemporary Theater's 2018-19 season.

The story of an autistic young man's investigation into the death of a neighbor's dog, The Curious Incident has drawn accolades for its portrayal of people on the autism spectrum, and was a critical and commercial success on Broadway and on the West End in London, landing it an additional five Tony Awards in 2015. It will run in Boise from Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 17-Nov. 10.

Next in line at the pump is With Love and a Major Organ by Julia Lederer, which asks audiences how they would feel if their mothers had replaced their hearts with paper ones in infancy. That's what happened to George, whose mother was so wary of heartbreak that she transplanted an origami kill switch into her son, who becomes an object of romantic fascination for Anabel. When the two meet on the train, sparks fly, but viewers can find out if the paper heart catches fire when the play runs Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 5-22.

The third play in the 2018-19 season is, well, two plays: Lewiston and Clarkston, both by Idaho native and MacArthur Grant winner Samuel D. Hunter. Billed as companion pieces, they zero in on descendants of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who wrestle with living in a world where opportunities for exploration are few and far between. Both plays will be performed simultaneously at BCT and at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York.

Finally, BCT will host the world premiere of Rabbit/Moon by BCT Founding Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark and Education Director Dwayne Blackaller. In this sci-fi adventure, astronauts find themselves stranded on the moon, only to learn the lunar landscape is home to more than dust and rocks. The play, written and directed by Blackaller and Clark, runs from Wednesday-Saturday, April 17-May 4.