Tuesday, March 26, 2019
‘Pocatello’ a Heartfelt Look at Middle America’s Changing Landscape
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Samuel D. Hunter could have chosen any town in middle America in which to set his play but chose Pocatello, Idaho.
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

Eddie is the manager of a failing Italian restaurant in Pocatello, Idaho. But he can’t serve enough soup. salad and breadstick specials to make the restaurant succeed or his hometown feel like home.

And, so, he tries to bring friends and families back around the dinner table with a famiglia week.

It seems a bit contrived, considering the restaurant is part of a large, impersonal corporate chain. But Eddie believes sin the restaurant and the town and refuses to give up on his home, even as businesses close and friends move on.

Sawtooth Productions in association with Laughing Stock Theatre will present a free reading of Samuel D. Hunter’s play “Pocatello” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum.

The play is a comedic, heartfelt look at the flawed and lovable people trying to build a home on shifting ground. It’s a heartbreaking comedy that shouts out for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape written by the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship and the 2012 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama.

The cast will feature David Janeski, Matt Gorby, Claudia McCain, Melodie Mauldin, Natalie Battistone, Kagan Albright, Aly Wepplo, Chris Carwithen, Juliette Rollins and Bill Nagel. Jon Kane is the director.

 

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