Hot Sheet: Stranger Danger
BY Advocate.com Editors
January 23 2014 9:22 PM ET
7. THEATER: A Great Wilderness
A counselor at an “ex-gay” camp in Idaho begins to question his beliefs when one of his charges goes missing in Samuel D. Hunter’s play, having its world premiere at the Seattle Repertory Theater. A Great Wilderness was commissioned by Seattle Rep and workshopped at its 2013 New Play Festival, and its subject matter is deeply personal to Hunter. “I wrote this play as an exploration of what my life could have been,” he says. “I went to a fundamentalist Christian school growing up, and came out when I was 17. I was faced with two options: self-actualization, being the person I was meant to be, and trying to figure out how to reconcile that with the religious life I had always known, which gave me great comfort and structure; or denying that part of myself and embracing my religious life for better or worse. I chose the first option, and this work is my examination of the latter.” The show opened last week and runs through February 16; tickets and info here. — Trudy Ring
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