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NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Five Plays by Samuel D. Hunter. This anthology includes Pocatello, The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest, and A Permanent Image. All of the plays received critical acclaim and have enjoyed multiple productions across the country.
“Hunter is a welcome theatrical voice from the American West. In Rest, Hunter mixes quirkiness with poignancy in a drama that elicits steady laughter by juxtaposing stark facts of mortality with existentialist aches and neurotic pains. Hunter has a gift for capturing the fine-grained textures of daily interaction.”
—Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times on Rest
Samuel D. Hunter’s plays are populated with characters from the bleak side of the American economy. Laced with poetic images yet drawn with meticulous realism, Hunter’s plays linger in franchise restaurants, retirement facilities, mountain camps, and struggling businesses. The five plays collected here, all set in Hunter’s home state of Idaho, demonstrate this writer’s knack for exposing, without condescension or easy moralizing, the pathos in marginalized lives.
“The Few is a compassionate, gently hued drama about lonely lives. Mr. Hunter writes with unusual insight into, and empathy for, people whose lives have settled into sad stasis, or strategic withdrawal.”
—Charles Isherwood, New York Times on The Few
Samuel D. Hunter’s other plays include The Whale, A Bright New Boise, The Healing, and The Harvest. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard. He holds an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Idaho.
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