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BCT opens its 2016-’17 season with ‘Hedwig,’ its first musical

Brian Quijada’s wild, comic theatrical ride “Where Did We Sit on the Bus,” explores identity through rap and hip-hop, music and dance, sparked by the story of Rosa Parks. Quijada performs his one-man show at Boise Contemporary Theater Jan. 11 to 28, 2017.
Brian Quijada’s wild, comic theatrical ride “Where Did We Sit on the Bus,” explores identity through rap and hip-hop, music and dance, sparked by the story of Rosa Parks. Quijada performs his one-man show at Boise Contemporary Theater Jan. 11 to 28, 2017.

Boise Contemporary Theater will produce some exciting and edgy works on its stage next season.

The season opens with BCT’s first musical, the multiple Tony Award-winning “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” This show with a cult following, explores gender identity through the story of a transsexual punk-rock woman from East Berlin who tours the U.S. with her band and tells her life story and pursues her lover who stole all her songs.

You’ll also see one of the hottest shows out of Chicago, Brian Quijada’s on-man tour-de-force “Where Did We Sit on the Bus,” a mix of rap, hip-hop, spoken word and live looping, intertwined with Shakespeare, poetry and Michael Jackson’s moon walk and Latin dance. Quijada played the narrator in this season’s BCT production of Hansol Jung’s “No More Sad Things.”

This season, the theater is investing in its future audience. When you buy a ticket package you will receive an identical package to share with someone who has never been a BCT season ticket holder.

And there are a few changes to the season: Each three-week run opens with a pay-what-you-can preview on that first Wednesday, followed by a ticketed preview on Thursday. Opening nights will switch from Saturdays to Fridays.

The season

▪  “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” book by John Cameron Mitchell, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Directed by Tracy Sunderland

Production dates: Wednesday, Oct. 5 to Saturday, Oct. 22.

▪  “A Nighttime Survival Guide,” written and directed by Dwayne Blackaller and Matthew Cameron Clark.

Production dates: Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Saturday, Dec. 17

▪  “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” written and performed by Brian Quijada. Directed by Chay Yew.

Production dates: Saturday, Jan. 12 to Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (Pay what you can previews are Jan. 7 and 11.)

▪  Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Clean House” by Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Idaho Shakespeare Festival resident director Drew Barr.

Production dates: Wednesday, April 19 to Saturday, May 6, 2017

Boise Contemporary Theater’s 2016-’17 season

Four show packages: $90-$130 ($95-$135 after August 15), $67 ($72) for previews, $55 ($60) for student packages. Box seats are available. BCTheater.org, 331-9224. Members receive priority seating through July 1. Memberships start at $50.

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