Regional Premiere of Play About Gay Conversion Camp on Tap at Beck Center

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Fri 3/3-Sun 4/9

Emerging playwright Samuel D. Hunter, still in his mid 30s, began to see his plays produced regularly only seven years ago. But already he’s got more than a dozen produced plays under his belt and begun to win awards, including the McArthur Fellowship (the so-called “genius grant”), like clockwork.

His 2014 work, A Great Wilderness, is set in his native Idaho, and deals with a subject that sadly has become even more timely: the demonization of gayness. Its central character is an elderly man who runs a “camp” that claims to turn gay teens straight. A teenager who shows up and then vanishes sets the play’s storyline into motion.

The Beck Center for the Arts will present the regional premiere of A Great Wilderness Fri 3/3 through Sun 4/9 in its Studio Theater. It runs Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm and Sundays @ 3pm. Tickets are $31.

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