Arts & Culture » Culture

Couch Surfing on the Gridiron With Hansol Jung, Matthew Cameron Clark and Belinda Bowler

by

At the Couch Surfer Series, hosted at Saint Lawrence Gridiron on Nov. 8, playwright Hansol Jung struggled to explain the nontraditional nature of her new musical, No More Sad Things, which will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Boise Contemporary Theater.

For starters, the play was written during a trying period in her life.

"The play is a bit—'weird' is not a good word for marketing, is it?' Jung said. "Some of the words I just wrote drunk."

No More Sad Things is Jung's first professionally produced play and it will premiere simultaneously at Sideshow Theater Company in Chicago. It tells the story about a 30-something woman who flees Ohio to Hawaii, where she meets a cliff diver with whom she shares a challenging relationship. To write it, Jung used every format she could think of—including nonlinear storytelling, dream sequences and musical numbers.

"I was using everything in my arsenal," she said.

Boiseans first learned about Jung's play during this year's 5x5 Reading Series at Boise Contemporary Theater.

The Couch Surfer Series brings together notable creatives with local moderators for informal conversations about their work at Saint Lawrence Gridiron once a month during the fall and winter. This month's moderator was BCT Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark.

Joining Jung and Clark on the couch was folk musician Belinda Bowler, whose new album, Trumpet Vine, is a collection of songs by notable artists about love, loss and healing. Her first new release in 20 years, Bowler re-recorded the album during a tumultuous year that included the deaths of her sister and father-in-law.

"You don't get to be 60-and-a-half without people starting to die," she said before performing "Wounded Heart."

The album dropped Nov. 5 and a release party is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12, at El Korah Shrine. Tickets are $25.