SOLD OUT! If you bought tix, pick them up at Will Call. Open seating. Doors at 6 pm. Show at 7 pm.
Called Starry Story Night, this second annual fundraising show for the budding nonprofit organization showcases the true stories of the famous among Boiseans and beyond. This once-only, luminary-lit occasion features Caleb Chung, Kristiana Gregory, Rick Johnson, Phil Roy, and John Michael Schert sharing revelations live on stage and without notes, all on the theme CURiOSiTY. Get tickets now»
Starry Story Night: CURiOSiTY will be held at Boise Contemporary Theater on 854 Fulton St. on Monday, Oct. 27. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets available now for $25, all inclusive of taxes and fees, both in advance and at the door.
Starry Story Night will be hosted by Jessica Holmes, with live music by Dan Costello and the Classical Revolution.
Spanning the realms of invention, environment, music, dance and writing, the featured starry-tellers for this event have made a name for themselves in profound ways that resonate in the wider world.
Caleb Chung is a legendary toy designer—the inventor of the Furby and Pleo—called “a modern Geppetto, a craftsman determined to bring toys to life” by Wired magazine. The wide-eyed robotic talking and responsive Furby sold some 50 million units in the late 1990s. In 2007, he debuted his next toy breakthrough—the emotionally and intellectually adaptive dinosaur Pleo—on a popular TED talk viewed by well over 350,000 people. Starting off in toy design by dreaming up classic Happy Meal giveaways, he came to inventing after a career as a mime, comedian, and stunt man, playing an orangutan in 120 episodes of Dumbo’s Flying Circus.
Kristiana Gregory is an award-winning author of young adult fiction, including several historical novels for the Dear America and Royal Diary series. The HBO Family Channel made two of her books—Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile and The Winter of Red Snow: The Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart—into movies. Her many literary accolades include the Golden Kite Award for Fiction for Jenny of the Tetons, the Jefferson Cup Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and the Gold Medal for Young Adult Mystery from Literary Classics. Two of her books were also named the Best Book of the Year by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.
Rick Johnson is the executive director of the Idaho Conservation League, a position he’s held for nearly two decades, where his work to safeguard the most spectacular places in the state often takes him to the wilderness of Washington, DC, as well as the deepest wilds of Idaho.
Phil Roy is a world-renowned songwriter and musician. First discovered on Sunset Boulevard by the legendary music executive Ted Templeman, he’s composed hits for some of the greatest soul and R&B singers of the modern recording era, including Ray Charles, Pops Staples, The Neville Brothers, Joe Cocker, and Marvis Staples. Two Academy Award-winning films—Leaving Las Vegas and As Good As It Gets—include his songs on their soundtracks. Breaking out in 2000 with a debut solo album, Grouchyfriendly, his song “Melt” won best folk/singer-songwriter song at the 2nd Annual Independent Music Awards. His latest release, In the Weird Small Hours, won the concept album of the year at the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards.
John Michael Schert is a major innovator in the dance world. Starting off his career as a dancer for the American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Schert is the cofounder of the Trey McIntyre Project, where he served as the executive director and a company dancer for nine years. Currently a fellow at the newly-founded Center for Ballet Arts at New York University and a visiting artist and social entrepreneur at the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business and UChicago Arts, Schert continues to influence the future of ballet and artistic organizations in far-reaching ways. He also recently became a producing partner for the Treefort Music Fest.
“Boise is amazing. This community—and the stories we’ve unearthed from everyday people here—is why Story Story Night continues to exist, now four-and-a-half years after we kicked off our first show,” says Jessica Holmes, the co-creator and driving force behind Story Story Night. “But Starry Story Night is our special creation to showcase the real personalities of the famous among us. Because some people here have done some mind-blowingly things. They’re humble and generous, yet they’ve changed the world through the power of curiosity and creativity. We are so honored to bring these amazing people together, for one beautiful, unforgettable night.”
Post-show, The Mode Lounge, located at 800 W. Idaho Street in downtown Boise, is hosting an after-party, with special drink deals for ticket-holders.
Starry Story Night is sponsored by Boise Contemporary Theater, Lithia Ford, the Recycled Room, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.