“Boise, USA,” is an historical drama based on the homosexuality scandal that took place in the fifties in Boise, Idaho and follows the lives of people both accused of homosexuality as well as those whose jobs it was to arrest and convict them.
The Boise homosexuality scandal refers to a sweeping investigation of a supposed “homosexual underground” in Boise, Idaho that started in 1955. Beginning with the arrest of three men in October 1955, the investigation broadened to encompass allegations that over 100 young men and teenage boys had been involved in sexual acts with a ring of adult homosexual men. By the time the investigation wound down in January 1957, some 1,500 people had been questioned, sixteen men faced charges, and fifteen of them were sentenced to terms ranging from probation to life in prison.”
Author: Gene Franklin Smith
Characters: 8M, 2F
Genre: Historical Drama
Type: Full length Play in 2 acts
Length: 95 minutes
Suitable for: 16 yrs and over
Ages of actors: Older teen (2) to adult
Boise, USA was produced in 2008 by the Salem K Theatre Company at the Matrix Theater in Los Angeles and in 2011 at the Fullerton Playwrights Festival. The production was also featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Gene Franklin Smith has enjoyed a theatrical career in both Canada and the U.S. His produced plays are: Boise, USA (2008), The Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles; Haunted Masters (2004) and More Haunted Masters (2005) (both at Spadina Historic House and Garden, Toronto); Transports of the Heart (2002); Charles Dickens’ Bleak House (2001); Devil’s Consort (1999), all produced at Write Act Repertory Company, of which he founded and served as Artistic Director; Rubicon (1997, The Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles; and in 1999, Wings Theatre, New York); Life Beneath the Roses, which has been performed in several regional theatres and in New York and was a finalist in the Great Platte River Playwrights Festival and Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest and won Theatre Americana’s David James Ellis Memorial Award; Adults in Love (Lone Wolf Theatre, New York); Created Equal (John Houseman Theatre 2, New York).
Copyright October 2011 Gene Franklin Smith