BLACKBIRD Will Make its Seattle Premiere
Blackbird will be presented at 18th & Union, an arts and community space in Seattle's Central District, May 30 - June 15. The 2-person cast includes Libby Barnard and Shawn Belyea. The show will be directed by Paul Budraitis and produced by White Rabbits Inc (Nik Doner) 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.
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.
Tickets for Blackbird are available at https://18thandunion.org/blackbird