Story by: Samuel D. Hunter
Recorded: July 2005, Waterford, CT
Music: Robert Fripp

A high school student learns he’s vulnerable to more than just prejudice in his small Idaho town when he consumes a spread to which, he finds, he is fatally allergic.

Samuel D. Hunter is a playwright whose work includes Pocatello, A Great Wilderness, The Few, The Whale (2013 Drama Desk Award, 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (2011 Obie Award for Playwriting, 2011 Drama Desk nomination for Best Play). His plays have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Rep, Victory Gardens, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb, Page 73, and elsewhere. Sam is the winner of a 2014 MacArthur Award, 2012 Whiting Writers Award, the 2013 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, and the 2008-2009 PONY Fellowship. His work has been developed at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, JAW West, and elsewhere. He has active commissions from LCT3, Steppenwolf, Playwrights Horizons, and MTC/Ars Nova. He is a member of New Dramatists, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, a Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center, a member of Partial Comfort Productions, and is currently a Resident Playwright at Arena Stage. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in NYC. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.


When we recorded this, Sam and I were sitting under a tree in a meadow on the campus of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, overlooking the Long Island Sound. So if you think you hear wind whistling through the mike, it’s not your imagination.  Sam and I were the two unknowns at the O'Neill that summer.  He's since gone on to a successful career as a playwright, with productions nationwide.