"An important new voice in the American theater."—Los Angeles Times
"If there's a soul adrift—physically or spiritually—in the Gem State, chances are good he sprang from the fertile pen of Samuel D. Hunter."—Playbill
"Mr. Hunter . . . writes with unusual insight into, and empathy for, people whose lives have settled into sad stasis, or strategic withdrawal . . . [He is] sure-footed when it comes to illuminating characters from within."—New York Times
"Hunter is a playwright who crafts moving portraits of unlikely protagonists and explores the human capacity for empathy through the prism of his characters' struggles . . . Hunter's quietly captivating dramas confront the polarizing and socially isolating aspects of contemporary life across the American landscape."—MacArthur Foundation
By depicting the everyday trials of ordinary Americans, critically acclaimed playwright Samuel D. Hunter "writes with unusual insight into, and empathy for, people whose lives have settled into sad stasis" (New York Times). Hunter's compassionate eye for the quiet, lonely struggles of his Idahoan characters makes his plays desperately and painfully human. The talented writer demonstrates his knack for exposing the pathos in marginalized lives with these four poignant new plays: Rest, A Great Wilderness, The Few, and Pocatello.
Samuel D. Hunter's plays include The Whale (Drama Desk Award; Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play) and A Bright New Boise (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play). His newest plays include The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest, and Pocatello. He is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship, a 2012 Whiting Writers Award, the 2013 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, and the 2008 PONY/Lark Fellowship. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in New York. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.