Cultural Arts: Stages
Hollywood Fringe Festival
Fifteen years ago, when she was a child and he was middle-aged, they had a harrowing, abusive relationship and haven’t seen each other since. Now she’s found him again. Clever insightful, Blackbird leads us through a maze of contradictions and revelations, exploring every twist and turn, breaking open the situation to reveal the painful emotional realities beneath the surface.
Written by David Harrower
Directed by Anna Stromberg
Produced by Los Angeles LGBT Center/Jon Imparato
Presented at the Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 9, 2017
Directed by Anna Stromberg; setting by Burt Grinstead; costumes by Wendy Barillas; lighting by Matt Richter; sound design by Matt Richter; production stage manager Maggie Marx; production manager Patricia Sutherland; assistant stage manager Eric Babb; and crew Adam Earle and Edwin Peraza.
In the play a young woman confronts a man who had sexually molested her when she was only 12. But the showdown is fraught with unexpected revelations…Harrower explores this topical and touchy subject matter with an astonishing fearlessness—imagining an emotional authenticity and mining the drama of the set up to its fullest potential. This is a masterful piece of theater.
Featuring Charlotte Gulezian and Bradley Fisher, the production is exceptionally well-directed by Anna Stromberg. Her cast of two expertly navigate the tricky emotional terrain, especially the ever-shifting power struggle that ensues. This production has only five performances remaining, including a late session tonight. Try not to miss it!