TELL ME YOU LOVE ME
The collision of love and language, the shifting of perspectives, the erosion of intimacy and the temptation of self-deception: these are the themes that propel the Mainstage in Alley Rep’s second season. In 2009, we introduce Alley New Works with a first-of-its-kind audience-inclusive reading series of new scripts by local, emerging playwrights. And we take a high-brow look at low-brow humor with a joyously irreverent play in our Alley Underground debut. Very different landscapes provide the backdrop for vibrancy, creativity, innovation, reflection and play.
By Aditi Brennan Kapil
A co-production with East Indian Follies Theater Company
Directed by Alley Repertory Theater Co-Artistic Director Buffie Main.
Our first play of the season is a love story tangled in translation. “Love Person” brings two couples and three cultures together to explore how language is both a portal and barrier to human connection. Through English, Sanskrit, American Sign Language (ASL) and projected email, we witness how love transcends sexual orientation, physical attraction and social structure, and rests instead on the ways in which people communicate. Written by Aditi Brennan Kapil, “Love Person” has been nominated for the Blackburn Prize, the Steinberg Award and the Pulitzer Prize. This production is accessible to Deaf and Hearing audiences alike.Watch the trailer.
PLAYS FROM THE ALLEY
An annual reading series of new plays by local, emerging playwrights.
For the first time in Boise history, a theater company is devoting a month to the presentation of new plays by local, emerging playwrights. “Plays from the Alley” is a forum for scripts in development from our community to be shared with Boise audiences, with input from the audience considered vital to the final development of each play. Come be part of the storytelling each Monday night in July at Visual Arts Collective, where you'll hear one of four new plays led by local directors and read by beloved local actors, then be invited to share your feedback on survey forms and in post-reading talkbacks with the playwrights. Bring a picnic (no outside alcohol), settle in, listen up, then share your thoughts and have your hand in helping shape and support local art.
by Oliver Russell Stoddard
by June Daniels
Inflection Point: a timeless love story
by Greg Hampikian
Cocktails at the Fisher's
by Kelly Broich
THREE TALL WOMEN
By Edward Albee
Directed by Tim Saunders.
In Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical work, we meet three tall women navigating through the elusiveness of personality and its self-deceptions. Through a stingingly funny and often haunting, unsettling conversation in act one, we witness the collision of a young lawyer, a middle-aged caregiver and a rich, bitter elderly matron who have little patience for one another, and who talk in circles to make—or avoid—any kind of connection. In act two, their true identities are revealed, and the illusion of separateness takes a surprising, and illuminating, turn.An Alley Mainstage production.
SEX a.k.a. WIENERS AND BOOBS
By Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter, and David Wain
This irreverent play is co-written by writers/directors/performers Lo Truglio, Showalter, and Wain, whose collective experience includes creating and/or working on the films Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models and The Ten; Comedy Central's Stella and Michael and Michael Have Issues; and MTV's The State. SEX follows the pitfalls of Jack Greenberg, the new sheriff of Teaneck, New Jersey. The corrupt town is run by Tad Theaterman, a crime boss armed with henchmen and a legion of hookers and gigolos. The Mayor and townsfolk fear Tad, but love the money the sinful brothels bring in! When Jack meets Hillary, a recent divorcee, it's love at first sight, but there's a showdown that's closin' in on our hero! Will Jack save Teaneck, get the girl, and defeat Tad? Or will the wieners and boobs prevail?! An Alley Underground production.