2011 - 2012 PLAYS
THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION
Directed by Buffie Main.
By Aaron Sorkin
April 29–May 7
From Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and A Few Good Men, comes THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION: a fast-paced and vigorous play about two ambitious visionaries from the 1920s. Philo T. Farnsworth, an Idaho farm boy and self-taught scientific genius, and David Sarnoff, a highly motivated Russian immigrant who becomes head of RCA, race against each other to create the most transformative invention of the twentieth century. Separated by thousands of miles, each knows that if he stops working, even for a moment, the other will gain the edge. The story sizzles with corporate espionage, family tragedy, financial disaster, and the thrill of discovery on the road to one of the greatest inventions of all time: the television.
PLAYS FROM THE ALLEY 2011
@ Visual Arts Collective
July 11, 2011 Shave by Russ Stoddard, directed by Courtney Bohl
July 18, 2011 Kingoms of Rot by Thomas Newby, directed by Lisa Guerricabetia
July 25, 2011 Solace by Jason Haskins, directed by Liberty Leeds Klautsch
VOICES FROM THE BOISE HOLE
A New Monologue Play
By Jason Haskins & Evan Sesek
Directed by Liberty Leeds Klautsch.
Inspired by the people of Boise
Alley Underground lights a new and unusual spark with a locally written show inspired by and dedicated to the people of Boise. Written by local playwrights Jason Haskins and Evan Sesek, and featuring live performances by Atomic Mama and other local acts, this unique event promises laughter and provocative dialogue as four local, versatile actors play over 16 characters. From the ex-Bronco football player reliving his glory years to the friendly Library! security guard, the downtown Bro making a YouTube video to the kid who just made his first Black friend,these Voices from The Boise Hole will unearth the challenges and triumphs, the oddities and crippling banalities, of dwelling in what many call the "most livable" city in America;Boise, Idaho.
By Oliver Russell Stoddard
Directed by Julia Pachoud Bennett.
Two men, one American, one Iraqi, go head-to-head and face the consequences of their actions. HEAD explores the aftermath of a beheading in modern-day Iraq with a mix of tragic drama and dark, irreverent comedy. With the aid of a self-help group in the afterlife, an unexpected (and just) God, and an unlikely reunion, HEAD takes us on a riveting journey that explores how beliefs can dictate irrevocable actions and how forgiveness can be the catalyst that propels us forward.
IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY
Directed by Buffie Main.
By Sarah Ruhl
February 18–26, 2012
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and nominated in 2010 for a Tony Award, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play is a provocative, funny, touching, and entertaining story about a young doctor, his wife, and his patients. Set in the 1880s, the play takes place at a time when electricity was a brand new technology and doctors believed that "hysterical" women (and men) could be treated with vibrators. Dr. Givings is obsessed with the marvels of technology and what it can do for his patients. His wife, Catherine, is only a bystander in her husband's world—listening at the door from the next room as he treats his female patients. Dr. Givings is not exactly sure how the vibrators help, but he is convinced of their efficacy because the women keep coming back for more treatments. The only woman whose problem is not helped by the doctor is his own wife, who longs to connect with him—but not electrically.