Drama Blackbird: An Intense Reunion of Unexpected Lovers
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Family isn't just the most important thing in life -- it's everything. This powerful play follows the struggles of a family trying to hold on through the teenage years of the two children, a typical daughter and a severely autistic son. Eighteen-year-old Josh throws everything out of balance on a normal day. When a relative comes to visit, everyone loses equilibrium completely as they each try to do what's best for the family while still pursuing what's best for themselves. Learn More
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This play was OK. It got a little boring with too much dialogue. I saw a couple of patrons snoozing.
Corryn Cummins nailed the part, she was outstanding but Sam Anderson missed some lines, looked nervous and his acting didn't look organic.
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This powerful piece begins when Una shows up unexpectedly at the office of Ray, forcing him to come to terms with the effects of their relationship. Una pulls Ray into an encounter that is gripping, surprising and utterly unforgettable.
Sam Anderson (Ray) is the Co-Artistic Director of the Road Theatre Company, and can now be seen on the big screen as Mr. Hyde in Water For Elephants (with Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz), and starring in the independent film, Frankie Goes Boom. L.A. theatre credits include a five-month run of The Bird and Mr. Banks, for which he won leading actor awards from the LA Drama Critics Circle and Backstage. His Ovation Award-winning turn came when he played the father in the Road’s Napoli Millionaria. Sam has often worked at the Odyssey, in Road to Nirva (LA Weekly Best Actor), Taking Sides, Rhinoceros, and in David Mamet’s Edmond (LA Weekly, Backstage West Awards). At LATC, Sam originated the role of Finney in Marlene Meyer’s Kingfish, and was directed by Simon Callow in Milan Kundera’s Jacques and His Master. At Antaeus he appeared in Cousin Bette. Sam recently completed a five-year run as Bernard on ABC’s megahit Lost. In a film and television career spanning close to 200 roles, some of his favorites are the Principal in Forrest Gump, the lethal attorney Holland Manners in Angel, Donna’s racist father in La Bamba, Dr. Fonzie in Friends, and roles in Everybody Loves Raymond, and Stephen King’s The Stand. He garnered a SAG Award (Best Ensemble) for his role on E.R.
Corryn Cummins (Una) is a Rogue Machine ensemble member, where her onstage work includes roles in Bingo with the Indians, Yard Sale Signs and Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath. Other Los Angeles theatre credits include: Killer Joe with Lost Angels (Ovation Awards: Ensemble Performance and Production), The Lonesome West (The Odyssey), A Hole in the Dark (The Blank), and Hotel Bardot and Neo-Sacred Revival (both with Padua Playwrights). Chicago Theatre credits include: a world premiere adaptation of Studs Terkel's Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession with Lookingglass Theatre, directed by David Schwimmer (Joseph Jefferson nomination, Ensemble Performance), Fahrenheit 451 (Steppenwolf), The Hot L Baltimore directed by David Cromer (Joseph Jefferson Award, Supporting Actress). She has appeared in over a dozen films, including voicing the lead character, Cee, in the animated feature From Inside (winner Grand Prix, Utopiales (France) and Best Animated Film Sitges Int'l Film Fest).