My Favorite People in Idaho.

Rebecca is half Swedish, half Mexican. She's in the 5th grade, which makes her about the age of one of the main characters in our play. She loves to bike and rollerskate, and we played and talked about motorcycles and siblings for the better part of an hour after our show.

Paige is the daughter of a teacher, tall and a little bit shy. She's quick on the uptake, picking up on things (especially if I drop anything), inquisitive and intuitive, and, like a cat, her curiousity usually gets the better of her shyness. She asks her questions quietly but assertively, standing on her own two feet.

Peter is a retired alfalfa farmer, with big crusty hands and wry little eyes. He speaks in a low, sardonic drawl, he drives a massive Ford SUV thoroughly festooned with wildlife advocacy bumper stickers. Not much gets past him.

Elsa owns and operates the Boise International Hostel. She owns a piece of ranchland on the outskirts of Boise, and she turned the three-bedroom house on the property into a comfortable little place, a welcome spot for folks passing through or wandering, after their fashions. She runs around all over the state, as a certified notary, and runs the hostel as a side-business.

Sylvia is the one-woman powerhouse behind Caldwell Fine Arts. For most of the last four decades she's been singlehandedly pulling in every and any stripe of performing artist willing to travel out to this exurb of Boise, everything from Chinese folk musicians to the Second City Improv group to the Western Opera theatre, to us, and our humble little effort. She lives three doors away from the performance space, teaches piano and plays the pipe organ in her spare time, when she's not landing grants and wrangling wayward performers from the far side of the world.

Kelly is the principal of a small rural elementary school, built like a linebacker, stocky and yet nimble on his feet. He has twinkling eyes that belie his firm, authoritative principal manner. He has a small daughter whose pictures utterly predominate his cluttered desk, and a thoughtful, direct way of speaking that brings kids to heel far more quickly than you would imagine.

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