Shakespeare comes up short when it comes to the discussion of undocumented migrants, mental health crises in the woods or punk rock—at least in the popular vernacular. The pickings will be far better at this year's Campfire Theatre Festival, which will stage several contemporary plays at Boise Contemporary Theater Friday-Sunday, Sept. 6-8. The festival pairs workshops and in-depth discussions with "staged readings"—minimal costumes and props—that give a taste of the state of theater without the long lines to get into shows. Between readings, catch panels on topics like being Latinx in the theater, puppetry and the power of silence. The festival is a way for audiences to go as deep into the material as they'd like, but also perhaps catch a first glimpse at plays that could be picked up by local theater companies in the coming seasons.
Times Vary. $10-$55 Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 W. Fulton St., Boise, campfiretheatrefestival.com.