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Blackbird (American Theatre of Actors)

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In David Harrower's challenging drama, a young woman confronts the man with whom she'd had a relationship when she was twelve and he was forty. More…

After years in prison and subsequent hardships, Ray, fifty-six, has a new identity and has made a new life for himself, thinking that he cannot be found. Una, twenty-seven, has thought of nothing else; upon seeing a photo of Ray in a magazine, she has arrived unannounced at his office. Guilt, rage, and raw emotions run high as they recollect the passionate relationship they had fifteen years ago. Without any moral judgments, the play never shies away from the brutal truth of this abandoned and unconventional love. Una is looking for answers, not vengeance. Nevertheless, the consequences are shattering.


“This production feels very connected to the ongoing conversations about sexual assault and what it means to be a survivor in our current cultural climate...The trio of actors in the piece handle the heavy subject matter deftly...Oleksij's direction keeps the play from becoming a stagnant, talkative piece. He keeps the actors moving enough to represent for the audience the constant power shifts in Una and Ray's relationship...These strong directorial choices enhance the storytelling.” Full Review

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