The Borderline Theatre Group is pleased to announce that its first production will be Blackbird by David Harrower. Show dates are August 16th and 17th, 2013, in the Fine Arts Theatre at St. Clair County Community College. Show time is 7:30 p.m. each evening.
A fascinating and unnerving ninety-minute cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and sexual intrigue, with genuine theatricality and undeniable shock value. – Associated Press, 2007.
Blackbird is a one act drama that debuted at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005, and later moved to London in 2006 and New York in 2007, with Jeff Daniels and Alison Pill playing the main characters. A Chicago production in 2009 featured William Petersen and Mattie Hawkinson.
The play focuses on two people who had an affair fifteen years earlier. Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrives unannounced at his office. Guilt, rage and raw emotions run high as they recollect their past. Without moralizing, the play doesn’t shy away from the brutal truth of their abandoned relationship. Ray has made a new life for himself; Una is looking for answers, not vengeance. Nevertheless, the consequences are shattering.
NOTE: About the “R” rating for “Blackbird”
The gifted David Harrower’s intense Blackbird promises to be the most powerful drama of the season… masterly, mesmerizing… extraordinary… a miracle. – The New York Times, 2007.
Borderline’s production will feature Mallorie Krul as Una and Tom Kephart as Ray; Krul and Kephart are collaborating on the direction with Dan Williams; Erilee Lowe is the production’s stage manager; Kirsten Rams is the lighting and sound operator; and Justin Rutherford is the assistant stage manager. All of the actors and crew are current or former students of the Theatre Discipline at SC4, where Kephart teaches acting, improvisation and oral interpretation.
Four stars! This haunting, powerful, incendiary work is the sort of daring theater far too absent from our stages these days. – New York Post, 2007.
PLEASE NOTE: This production is recommended for mature audiences due to subject matter and some language. We suggest you consider the play to be the equivalent of an R-rated film.
Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors over 60 and will be available at the box office before each performance.
This is an extraordinary, no-holds-barred drama that both chills and thrills… raw, wounded intensity. Magnificently tense and atmospheric. – The Daily Telegraph (London), 2006.