Actor Drake Shannon caught the acting bug in Boise when he was only 6 years old.

His late grandmother was well-known Idaho philanthropist, Velma Morrison.

Shannon went on to do theater at Bishop Kelly High School and then majored in drama at Pepperdine University. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, where he continues to hone his craft at the fabled Beverly Hills Playhouse, while writing screenplays and acting.

He spent last summer shooting his short film “Neon Idaho” in Horseshoe Bend. It is about two thieves who get caught up in a gas station robbery on the way to commit their crime.

Shannon and his acting partner, Jacob Grodnik, are bringing their latest theater project to Idaho. It’s a traveling production of Sam Shepard’s “True West,” playing at the Danny Peterson Theatre at Boise State University. The production stars both Shannon and Grodnik, as well as Boise actors, Nick Garcia and Hollis Welsh.


Check out one of the upcoming shows at Danny Peterson Theatre, inside the Morrison Center. (2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise)

Shows run this Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Admission by donation.

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