Commissioned and first produced by Partial Comfort Productions at the Wild Project in New York City, September, 2010.
Will Andrew Garman
Pauline Danielle Slavik
Alex Matt Farabee
Anna Sarah Nina Hayon
Leroy John Patrick Dougherty
Director: Davis McCallum
Set Design: Jason Simms
Costume Design: Whitney Locher
Lighting Design: Raquel Davis
Sound Design: Ryan Rumery and M. Florian Staab
Video Design: Rocco DiSanti
Publication: Hunter, Samuel D. A Bright New Boise. Samuel French, 2011. Drama Stacks PS3608.U59496 B75 2011.
Setting: Breakroom of a Hobby Lobby in Boise, Idaho
Ah, there we go. These two guys, they never say their names on the air for some reason. Everybody has guesses of what their names are. I think they both sound like they’re kinda high, so I call this one Woody and this one Harrelson. Get it?
Plot: Will begins working at a Hobby Lobby in Boise, Idaho, running from a recent incident involving a young man’s death in a religious cult Will belonged to in Couer d’Alene. Hoping to reconnect with Alex, the teenage son he put up for adoption years ago—and who happens to be a seasonal worker at the same Hobby Lobby—Will spends his time writing an End of Times novel online using Hobby Lobby’s WiFi after hours and praying for the Rapture to occur so that he can escape his meaningless life.
Review of the Production: Rooney, D. (2010, Sep 22). A teenager’s summer job leaves a lifelong impact. New York Times, C8.
Representative Monologues: Monologues contain the first few lines and the last few lines; please consult the published text for the monologue in its entirety.
The only person who has any monologues is Pauline, an older character in the play.
Representative Scenes: Scenes contain the first person’s lines and the last person’s lines; please consult the published text for the scene in its entirety.
p.21-23: Will tries to convince Alex that he’s his father. Alex doesn’t buy it and wants to have a blood test done. [part of a longer scene] Starts with
How did you find me?
and ends with
If I ask you to quit and move out of Boise, would you?
(WILL doesn’t answer, staring down at his shoes.)
I gotta clock in.
p.56-58: Alex and Will take the first tentative steps towards understanding one another and building trust. Will tells Alex about Daniel Sharp’s death and, in turn, Alex tells Will about the abuse and heartache he’s suffered in his young life. [part of a longer scene] Starts with
STOP. (pause) If your church was so amazing, why did that kid die?
and ends with
Because you told me about Daniel Sharp.
p.65-67: Alex’s foster brother Leroy, who is an MFA student and also works at the Hobby Lobby, is angry because Alex has begun to hang around Will and has also begun to question his place in the world and to believe, like Will, that his life is meaningless without God. [part of a longer scene] Starts with
You think I’m stupid.
and ends with
Okay. Just give me a minute. I’ll go talk to Pauline and then I’ll take you home, alright?