The Harvest

by  Samuel D. Hunter

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 3f

“Engrossing and suspenseful […] The Harvesttakes place in a jammed intersection of religion, family, sexuality and poverty, which the playwright maps out in evocative detail.” – Time Out New York

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    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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In the basement of a small evangelical church in southeastern Idaho, a group of young missionaries is preparing to go to the Middle East. One of them – a young man who has recently lost his father – has bought a one-way ticket. But his plans are complicated when his estranged sister returns home and makes it her mission to keep him there.
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“[Hunter] handles his characters with the sensitivity of a gifted sculptor, or maybe a master whittler who shapes each with a razor-sharp knife. The dialogue in The Harvest is rich in fine emotional nuance […]” – The New York Times, Read More 

“Engrossing and suspenseful […] The Harvest takes place in a jammed intersection of religion, family, sexuality and poverty, which the playwright maps out in evocative detail.” – Time Out New York, Read More 

“Passionate and funny and daring […] marvelously theatrical in a way that most serious plays about faith are not.” – New York Magazine, Read More 

“Hunter has become the theater's premiere chronicler of the ways religion can simultaneously uplift and discourage the most vulnerable. As deep as his beautiful heartbreakers like A Bright New Boise and The Whale have managed to go, The Harvest displays an even more profound maturity on Hunter's part, in terms of both plot and character development, and the unspoken nuances.” – TheaterMania, Read More 

“Exquisitely judged […] Hunter has managed to strip the drama of The Harvest down to an essence where there is nothing histrionic or fancy or worked-up about what we are seeing, which only exposes how so many other plays are built on such things.” – Brooklyn Magazine, Read More


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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The small, moldy furnished basement of a small church in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


4m, 3f
JOSH - Early twenties, male.
TOM - Early twenties, male.
MICHAELA - Late twenties, female.
ADA - Mid twenties, female.
DENISE - Early twenties, female.
MARCUS - Early twenties, male.
CHUCK - 50’s, male.
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Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter’s plays include The Whale (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest, Pocatello, Lewiston, Cl ...

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The Harvest premiered at LCT3 in New York City in October 2016 under the direction of Davis McCallum. 

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