Blackbird: Highly Acclaimed, Emotionally Raw Drama
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The last date listed for Blackbird was Saturday March 21, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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The story was uncomfortable. The first 15 minutes were a little confusing because the dialogue was staccato - but as I look back I realize that is what made it realistic. Real people facing buried emotions don't always have profound reactions or words to express themselves clearly. There is just this turmoil and jumble of emotions just tumbling out.
Each actor clearly portrayed their view points. The stark setting, the lighting, the trash, etc. added to the greyish dark tinge of this hopefully uncommon life experience. Worth seeing. We had great seats again.
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Blackbird is basically a two-person play taking place in a lunchroom of a business with intense dialog between a man and a woman 28 years his junior with whom he had a scandalous affair with 20? years prior. The woman is confronting the man about...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“Powerful… Theater at its most elemental.” — The New York Times
“A riveting study in sexual obsession that leaves one both shaken and stirred.” — The Guardian [UK]
2007 Olivier Award — Best New Play!
By David Harrower
Directed by David R. Gammons
It’s the show that has shocked audiences around the globe. And now Boston theatergoers will have the chance to see what everyone has been talking about when SpeakEasy Stage Company presents the area premiere of David Harrower’s compelling drama Blackbird.
Winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Blackbird tells the story of a chance meeting between two people who fifteen years ago had a passionate affair. Emotions run high as the pair recall their relationship and attempt to come to terms with the shattering truth of their abandoned love.
Elliot Norton Award-winning director David R. Gammons (Titus Andronicus) will helm the production, which will mark the SpeakEasy debuts of two of the city’s finest actors, Marianna Bassham and Bates Wilder.
A graduate of the Masters program at Brandeis University, Ms. Bassham was most recently seen as Nerissa in the Actors’ Shakespeare Project production of The Merchant of Venice. She has also been seen locally in The Tempest, Hamlet and Love Labour’s Lost (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Miss Witherspoon and Talley’s Folley (Lyric Stage) and as Stella in the New Repertory Theatre’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Mr. Wilder won the 2008 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Mitch in the New Rep production of Streetcar. He also earned a 2007 Best Actor IRNE for his work in New Rep’s Frozen. Mr. Wilder also works regularly as the Production Stage Manager for the long-running hit comedy, Shear Madness.
Blackbird was first commissioned and presented by the Edinburgh International Festival at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2005. Subsequently Blackbird played in London’s West End at the Albery Theatre where it won an Olivier Award for Best New Play.
Blackbird made its American debut in New York in April 2007 at the Manhattan Theatre Club in a production which featured Jeff Daniels and Allison Pill. David Harrower was born in Edinburgh in 1966. His first play, Knives in Hens, was produced at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in 1995. He is also the author of the plays Kill the Old Torture Their Young, The Chrysalids, Presence, and Dark Earth. He has also recently written a new version of Odon von Horvath’s Tales from the Vienna Woods for the National Theatre, London. Harrower is also working on a screen adaptation of the novel White Male Heart, and of Blackbird for Jean Douminian Productions and is under the commission to the National Theatre of Scotland.
David R.Gammons is making his SpeakEasy debut as the director for Blackbird. A graduate of American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, David won an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director in 2007 for Actor’s Shakespeare Project’s production of Titus Andronicus. Other local credits include The Duchess of Malfi, (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), The Lieutenant of Inishmore and My Name is Rachel Corrie (New Repertory Theatre), and productions at MIT, Boston Conservatory, and Harvard University.
About the Ticket Supplier: SpeakEasy Stage
Over the past nineteen seasons, SpeakEasy Stage Company has distinguished itself as Boston’s premier theater staging Boston premieres. Year after year, SpeakEasy has won acclaim for presenting top-quality productions of vital, cutting-edge plays.
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