by David Harrower
May 10 - 27, 2018 Circle Theatre
Directed by Ken Kelleher
Rated R for mature audiences
WINNER, BEST PLAY: 2007 OLIVIER AWARD, 2006 CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD.
David Harrower’s most acclaimed and most controversial play, Blackbird "is theater at its most elemental," says The New York Times, which called it “one of the most powerful dramas of the century". The play takes place in a littered factory break room, where 55-year-old Ray (played by Equity member, Michael Ray Wisely) is confronted by the 27-year-old Una (played by Tavi Carpenter), in a confrontation described by critics as “real and raw”.
15 years earlier, they had engaged in a sexual relationship – when she was 12. What emerges from the recriminations and explanations is a complex bond that blurs the boundaries between love and lust, obsession and abuse. Blackbird will leave audiences hanging on every word and every uncomfortable silence.
Due mature themes and strong language, Blackbird is rated R and recommended for mature audiences.