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Blackbird (Harrower)

Blackbird (Harrower)
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: David Harrower
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 84
Pub. Date: 2007
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822222515
ISBN-13: 9780822222514
Cast Size: 1 female, 1 male

About the Play:

Blackbird was the Winner the 2007 Lawrence Olivier Award for Best New Play.

Blackbird is an intense full-length drama by David Harrower. Fifteen years ago Una and Ray had an illegal relationship. He moved to another town. He changed his name. They haven't seen each other since. Now she's found him. What does she want? Inspired by a true story, Blackbird is a riveting play that raises challenging questions about society, morality and how the past irrevocably affects the present.

Blackbird is a taut two-character drama that tells the story of a woman who finds and confronts the man who sexually abused her. British vernacular for 'jailbird,' Blackbird is a real-time account of the awkward reunion of Ray and Una, 15 years down the road from sexual abuse that occurred when Ray was 40 and Una was 12. Ray, fifty-six, after a three-year prison term and subsequent hardships, assumed a new name, moved on to a new city and took up a new job. He has made a new life for himself, thinking that he could no longer be found. Una, twenty-seven, grew up a whispered-about outcast and has thought of nothing else. She sees the picture of him in a trade journal and shows up unannounced at his workplace full of rage, curiosity, attraction, resentment and questions. She is looking for answers not vengeance. Nevertheless, the consequences are shattering. Blackbird is a hauntingly poetic play, by one of Scotland's most notable playwrights, that will challenge audience members to question their perceptions.

Blackbird premiered in 2005 at the King's Theatre during the Edinburgh International Festival, then transferred to the Albery Theatre in London in 2006 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play. It opened at the Manhattan Theater Club (MTC) off-Broadway in New York City in 2007, and was revived on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre in 2016. It received critical praise and was a 2017 Tony nominee for Best Revival of a Play. Blackbird continues to be performed regularly across the world.

Cast: 1 female, 1 male

What people say:

"…Blackbird is theatre at its most elemental: one man, one woman, one set and a head-to-head confrontation, about events long past, that occurs in real time." — New York Times

"Harrower's drama positively explodes with unresolved, and possibly irresolvable, concerns … his brooding ambiguity and his dry, resonating poetry culminate in one of the most daring new plays of recent years." — Sunday Herald (Glasgow)

"The gifted David Harrower's intense Blackbird promises to be the most powerful drama of the season … masterly, mesmerizing … extraordinary … a miracle." — New York Times

"Four stars! This haunting, powerful, incendiary work is the sort of daring theater far too absent from our stages these days." — New York Post

"A provocative, shocking and worthwhile new play. Playwright David Harrower is definitely a name to watch." — New York Daily News

"A fascinating and unnerving ninety-minute cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and sexual intrigue, with genuine theatricality and undeniable shock value." — Associated Press

"It's a wonderfully engaging intellectual conflagration with a very slow burn…a dark and beguiling play which stays with you … a remarkable play." — CurtainUp

"An Ibsenite inquiry into the past … psychological insight, creation of characters and nice sociological detail … Poignant." — Evening Standard (London)

About the Playwright:

David Harrower is a Scottish playwright. Born and brought up in Edinburgh, he now lives and writes in Glasgow. The author of seven original plays, plus numerous adaptations, he is often called the most talented Scottish playwright of his generation.