The Boise Contemporary Theater is preparing for it’s 23rd season, one that it believes will be the “most ambitious collection of plays” it’s ever staged due to the visual, high-tech season opener.
“There was a period of time where a lot of the shows we put on stage were two- or three-actor pieces,” BCT’s founding artistic director Matthew Cameron Clark said. “Budgetary we were kind of limited to reach that far, so one of the reasons we talked about this being our most ambitious pieces yet is because the opener, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is a 10-actor piece that has very big visual ideas, and a detailed high-tech production design.”
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a play by Simon Stephens, will open BCT’s 23rd season on Oct. 17. It centers on a young man with an autism spectrum condition who pledges to solve the murder of his neighborhood dog that takes him on a journey as he discovers a life-changing secret.
The production started at the National Theatre in London and moved to Broadway, where Clark and BCT’s associate artist Tracy Sunderland saw it. The production itself has been a big hit in London and the states, following the production design, which BCT has recreated using moving light technology and built-in LED lighting on the set.
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“It’s the kind of play we could not have done five years ago,” Clark said. “So that’s really exciting — it took a bit of a stretch for us, or we thought it might be, but the response has been phenomenal.”
The rest of the season follows a common thread, woven by the opener, that Clark didn’t realize until after the plays were chosen.
“They’re all love stories, but different kinds of love stories,” Clark said. “They’re not all romantic love stories, but some of them are. I don’t think that was an accident, but it wasn’t a conscious choice, and it feels really good that the season as a whole highlights the different ways that we can be better connected and better understand each other.”
So what else is new this season?
Clark believes the company is in a growing phase and expects to see a larger audience this year.
“The addition of (Burdick) is really rooted in our collaborative vision for what is possible for the future of BCT,” Clark said. “Taking that momentum and turning it into bigger and better and more exciting work that reaches more people.”
The BCT is also bringing back its Buddy System, a two-for-one deal when you buy a Premium, Standard or Student Season Ticket Package. The Buddy System allows you to pair up with a friend and bring them to the theater for free. To buy tickets, visit the theater’s website at bctheater.org.
Boise Contemporary Theater’s 2018-19 season
854 W. Fulton St. in Boise
Single tickets range from $20-$35, depending on performance night. Students get in for $16.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”
A play by Simon Stephens
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Oct. 17 – Nov. 10
“With Love and a Major Organ”
By Julia Lederer
“Lewiston & Clarkston”
By Samuel D. Hunter
Two Plays Performed in Repertory
Feb. 6 – March 9
By Dwayne Blackaller and Matthew Cameron Clark
April 17 – May 4