Idaho Gives is a day when fate whispers good fortune in terms of dollars to the people who make Idaho a better place.
And in the case of the Boise Contemporary Theater, making people more human.
"There will almost always be a gathering of people at the bottom of the steps of BCT talking about the show because they came in separate cars and stayed there because they just stand there, engaged in emotional, cultural, intellectual conversation," says Matthew Cameron Clark, founder of BCT.
Like all actors do, the BCT gets by on its considerable wits and talent, and of course, the kindness of strangers.
And to do all this work, ticket sales alone can't make it happen.
"When people hear that a 3 actor play costs $70,000, it's like 'Oh my gosh... what?... I had no idea...", said Dwayne Blackaller, Educational Director of BCT and Associate Artist. "...it's a kind of awareness... like, "oh, you do need help."
Forged in professionalism and friendship in 1996, and now founded in concrete, the BCT is a well-established organization with a national reputation for excellence. They have many national talents working there, as well as shows that have made it to Broadway in the theater district of New York City.
"Idaho Gives is giving us a fantastic opportunity to reach new people to tell the story of who we are and what we're doing, and why we're choosing to do it here in Boise, Idaho," says Matthew Cameron Clark.