MARCH 25 – APRIL 16, 2016
CoHo Productions with Brandon Woolley and Val Landrum present
Written by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Brandon Woolley
Performances by Val Landrum, Micheal O’Connell and Caleb Sohigian
It’s 1999 and Y2K panic looms over a small town in northern Idaho where QZ struggles to keep a grassroots newspaper for long-haul truckers alive. When Bryan, the paper’s founding publisher and QZ’s ex-lover, returns after an unexplained four-year absence, he finds the paper full of personal ads from lonely truckers, his former partner full of rage and regret, and his double-wide trailer/office occupied by Matthew, a sensitive young misfit full of misplaced hero-worship. A compact, compassionate play from NW-native and MacArthur genius playwright Samuel D. Hunter about the struggle to keep hope alive, the search for human connection, and the barriers and detours on the way there.
CoHo Productions with Val Landrum and Brandon Woolley bring Hunter’s work back to Portland with The Few, which was workshopped in Portland Center Stage’s 2012 JAW festival. It since premiered in 2013 at The Old Globe in San Diego, followed by a NYC production in 2014 at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre.
“Eschewing irony and judgment…Hunter’s quietly captivating dramas confront the polarizing and socially isolating aspects of contemporary life across the American landscape…[and] leavens his plays with humor and compassion for the lives he depicts…with literary allusions and larger themes of faith and doubt.” -MacArthur Foundation