Blackbird, Controversial "Best New Play" at A.C.T.
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Award-winning actress/playwright Chris Black enters the ring for a dramatic one-woman show in Tough, which is inspired by the life of famed boxer John L. Sullivan, who traveled coast-to-coast challenging people to fights. While Sullivan's background, rise to fame and decline motivate the performance, Black's interest also lies in what it means to be strong and how athletes and performers harness that "special something" to become extraordinary. Black opens the show by throwing her hat in the ring and announcing the rules of the game, all while enjoying some good whiskey. Don't miss this unique, gender-bending performance that mixes power and poignancy. Learn More
We went to the Saturday matinee and parked at the Donatello hotel. It was only $10 for 5 hours so you have plenty of time before or after for a bite to eat before or after. There's a half price happy hour at the hotel restaurant tooThe Orphan of Zhao info • Jun 23 2014 star this tip starred
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The acting performances did the superb writing justice. When the female actress talked about being lef tbehind in town by the male actor, I wanted to go onto the stage and strangled him. Fortunately, I did not, as that would have interupted the...continued
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BLACKBIRD is one of the rare theater expereinces that allows the audience to determine answers
to several questions not completely reslved in the script! The two actors cover the impact of loneliness, yourthful exploratons, male midlife needs,...continued
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2007 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Play_ _
“Blackbird is theater at its most elemental… a drama that promises to be the most powerful of the season. You have to accept it as a love story — a tragic, horrible love story that destroys lives, but a love story all the same.” —New York Times
“Blackbird is a dark, dangerous love story in which the past casts an unhealthy shadow.” —Variety
“David Harrower’s Blackbird comes as a revelation.” —New York Post
American Conservatory Theater presents the West Coast premiere of the play that beat out Tom Stoppard’s Rock ’n’ Roll and Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon for best new play at the 2007 Olivier Awards: Blackbird, written by David Harrower, and directed by Loretta Greco.
David Harrower’s tense and controversial play deals with the aftermath of an affair which ended when Ray set out to buy a packet of cigarettes and never returned. Fifteen years later, Ray has a whole new life, including a new identity, while Una has spent the time obsessively searching for a resolution. As Una confronts him about the true nature of their past, what emerges is a complex portrait of a relationship that blurs the boundaries between lust, love, sexual obsession and something far more sinister. Blackbird is uncompromising honest, surprising tender, and riveting with tension that will leave you hanging on every word, every motion, and every ominous silence.
Loretta Greco recently directed the world premiere of Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen for Manhattan’s Women’s Project. Her previous directing credits for the Women’s Project include Rinne Groff’s Inky, Toni Press Coffman’s Touch, Karen Hartman’s Gum, and Amparo Garcia’s Under a Western Sky (with INTAR). Greco directed the world premiere of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues at The Public Theater and its West Coast premiere at A.C.T. Her New York and regional credits include productions at the New York Theatre Workshop, the Vineyard Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, the La Jolla Playhouse, and the McCarter Theatre Center. Greco’s international credits include Having Our Say in its U.S. national tour and at the Market Theatre in South Africa. Greco is the recipient of two Drama League fellowships and the Princess Grace Award.
Playwright David Harrower was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1966. His first play, Knives in Hens, was first produced at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in 1995. He is also the author of the plays Kill the Old Torture Their Young and The Chrysalids, adapted from John Wyndham’s novel, for the National Theatre’s Connections project. Presence, his third original play, was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in April 2001. He has adapted versions of Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, entitled Six Characters Looking for an Author, and first staged at the Young Vic in 2000; Chekhov’s Ivanov, performed at the National Theatre in 2002; and Büchner’s Woyzeck, performed at the Edinburgh Lyceum in 2002. He has also translated The Girl on the Sofa, a new play by Jon Fosse, presented in a joint production by the Edinburgh International Festival and the Schaubuhne, Berlin. His play, Dark Earth premiered at the Traverse in August 2003. He has also recently written a new version of Odon von Horvath’s Tales from the Vienna Woods for the National Theatre, London, which opened in October 2003. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland.