Samuel D. Hunter Papers, 2015

Overview of the Collection

Hunter, Samuel D.
Samuel D. Hunter Papers
2015 (bulk)
1 folder
Collection Number
MG 5836
Commencement speech and theatre program.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection is a copy of the speech delivered by Moscow native and nationally recognized playwright Samuel D. Hunter at the May 16, 2015 University of Idaho commencement. Theatre program for Hunter's play "A Bright New Boise."

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Samuel D. Hunter (born 1981) is an American playwright living in New York City.[2]

Hunter was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho. He is best known for plays A Bright New Boise, which won the 2011 Obie Award for playwriting, and The Whale, which won the 2013 Drama Desk Award and the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. He is also the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. He has also been a guest lecturer at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Fordham University, and other universities.

A film adaptation of The Whale, written by Hunter and directed by Darren Aronofsky, was released in December 2022.


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Preferred Citation

FOR DOCUMENTS: Author, Description or "Title" of item, date. Collection name, collection number, box, folder. University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives, Moscow, ID.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Program donated by Mike Roach via Peter Mundt, CLASS development officer in 2015 (MA 2015-36). Commencement speech transferred in 2018 (UA 2018-40).

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Subject Terms

  • Speeches
  • Theater
  • Theater programs

Geographical Names

  • Commencement ceremonies