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ISU Theatre and Dance to present romantic comedy “First Date” Oct. 19 and 20, sponsored by Bill and Linda Potter

ISU Theatre and Dance to present romantic comedy “First Date” Oct. 19 and 20, sponsored by Bill and Linda Potter

The Idaho State University Department of Theatre and Dance will present the romantic comedy “First Date” on Oct. 19 and 20 at The Community Campus. The production is sponsored by former Hailey residents Bill and Linda Potter, who produced the play for Broadway.  

“First Date” is a youthful comedy that pairs two strangers from vastly different backgrounds. However, according to the play’s director Joel Shura, there is something brewing between the two.

“They don’t really see eye to eye,” Shura said. “She is the hip, edgy, rocker, he’s the conservative gentleman, and they both have baggage coming into this first date.”

The strangers think they know what they want in a relationship, but not exactly what they need. Their date turns into a hilarious dinner with Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, a slew of bad boy and uptown girl exes and some chemistry.

This will be Shura’s first production as a faculty member at ISU. He comes to Pocatello after teaching theatre courses at Mendocino College and serving as the resident director and youth acting teacher at the School of Performing Arts and Cultural Education in northern California.

Shura teaches multiple levels of directing, as well as improvisation, clowning and script analysis courses at ISU.

“We are excited to take this production to the Hailey area,” Shura said. “We are grateful that the Potters are making this production happen so we can showcase our talented faculty and students in the Sun Valley area.”

“First Date” will be performed on Oct. 19 and 20 at The Community Center. Tickets are available at the Stephens Center Box Office at 208-282-3595 or online at isu.edu/tickets, and the nights of the play. The play is rated PG-13 for language and sexual innuendo.

For more information, contact Julie Hillebrant at hilljuli@isu.edu or (208) 282-6452.