Content Warning: This show discusses rape and sexual abuse
Blackbird by David Harrower
Presented by White Rabbits Inc and Libby Barnard
Called “one of the most powerful dramas of the century” by The New York Times, Blackbird is “a brilliant and tantalizing study in sexual obsession that leaves one both shaken and stirred” (The Guardian).
Ray, fifty-six, has a new identity and a new life, thinking he can’t be found. Una, twenty-seven, has a new life too and has just arrived unannounced at Ray’s office. Raw emotions run high as they both attempt to reconstruct the sexually abusive relationship they had fifteen years ago, when she was twelve and he was forty-one. Blackbird is a story about living in the aftermath of rape and abuse—about the struggle of demanding a new future while carrying the weight of a traumatic past.
Featuring Libby Barnard as Una and Shawn Belyea as Ray
Director: Paul Budraitis
Stage manager: Elizabeth Stasio
Assistant Director: Aviona Rodriguez Brown
Producers: Libby Barnard and Nik Doner
Blackbird was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, with a 2005 premiere at the festival, directed by Peter Stein. A 2016 Broadway revival was mounted at the Belasco Theatre in 2016 directed by Joe Mantello, which received critical praise. This is the Seattle premiere of Blackbird.