Catch up with Boise Contemporary Theater: “Shinsai” call to artist and the latest Kickstarter campaign

Call to Artists

Boise Contemporary Theater will be the local host for “Shinsai: Theaters for Japan,” an international theater event to support the Japan Playwrights Association on March 11, the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan.

For the event Japanese playwrights have written short plays, and American artists such as Edward Albee, Richard Greenberg, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, John Kander and Fred Ebb and Stephen Sondheim have written new work or donated sections of their existing work to be performed royalty free, Artists across the country are also creating performance pieces — from readings to original media.

BCT is looking for artists to participate in its Shinsai, with performances happening through out the multi-level theater building from 6 to 9 p.m. March 11.

To find out how to create participate and / or perform, Contact Peter John Still.

"Off The Record" surpasses $10,000 goal

Boise Contemporary Theater and new playwright Lynn Allison have successfully raised $12,105 to produce Allison’s play “Off The Record” so far. The campaign still has 26 hours left if you want to contribute.

It is far more expensive for theaters to produce a new play than a chestnut because of the cost to develop the play prior to production. This is the third time, BCT has turned to, a fundraising website that allows nonprofits and individuals to raise awareness and money for a creative project, for a new project. People can pledge anywhere from $5 to $5,000 and more.

Allison is a well-known actor and director in Idaho. She works with BCT, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and often initiates collaborative projects, such as a production of “Master Class” with Opera Idaho and Boise State University.

This project is an original play about the downfall of a politician, inspired by former Sen. Larry Craig’s political demise after his 2007 arrested in a men’s bathroom at the Minneapolis Airport.

“Off The Record”: 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, April 4-28, with 2 p.m. matinees April 14, 21 and 28, 854 Fulton St. $15-$35 general, $10-$20 ages 25 and younger and for previews April 4-6. 331-9224, ­

Click here to learn about these and other Boise Contemporary Theater events.

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