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David Farmer Directs David Harrowers Controversial and Intense Blackbird

Confrontation Between Man and Young Woman, 15 Years After Illicit Affair

(Honolulu, HI) EVOLVE Theatre Company is proud to present as part of their second season, the Hawaii premiere of David Harrowers Blackbird, helmed by top Oahu director David Farmer. During the month of May at the Ong King Arts Center, EVOLVE will debut its most challenging and provocative piece of theatre to date. The script examines an illicit relationship, its downfall, and aftermath. Was it abuse, a love affair, or both? Blackbird affords no easy answers as shades of grey overlap in this dark and damning tale.

THE STORY: This intense work was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival, where it received its world premiere. After years in prison and subsequent hardships, Ray, fifty-six, has a new identity and has made a new life for himself, thinking that he cannot be found. Una, twenty-seven, has thought of nothing else; upon seeing a photo of Ray in a magazine, she has arrived unannounced at his office. Guilt, rage, and raw emotions run high as they recollect the passionate relationship they had fifteen years ago, when she was twelve and he was forty. Without any moral judgments, the play never shies away from the brutal truth of this abandoned and unconventional love. Una is looking for answers, not vengeance. Nevertheless, the consequences are shattering.

"The gifted David Harrower's intense BLACKBIRD promises to be the most powerful drama of the seasonmasterly, mesmerizingextraordinarya miracle." NY Times.

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

"A provocative, shocking and worthwhile new play. Playwright David Harrower is definitely a name to watch." NY 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 burna dark and beguiling play which stays with youa remarkable play." CurtainUp.com.

"An Ibsenite inquiry into the pastpsychological insight, creation of characters and nice sociological detailPoignant." Evening Standard (London).

This is an extraordinary, no-holds-barred drama that both chills and thrillsraw, wounded intensity. Magnificently tense and atmospheric. Telegraph (London)

DAVID C. FARMERs directing credits include work for Manoa Valley Theatre, Kumu Kahua, and TAG. This is his first EVOLVE Theatre production. He has performed with all of Honolulus theatre groups since 1976 and has been honored with five Po`okela honors and three nominations for his acting and directing. A SAG member since 1987, he currently serves as President of SAG-AFTRA, Hawaii Local. His national and international television and film credits include appearances in an indie film shot in the Philippines, the original and current Hawaii Five-0, A&Es Biography, and a featured guest on two Filipino comedy television series.

Do not miss Blackbird directed by David Farmer, and featuring Troy M. Apostol, (Romeo and Juliet, Disgraced), and Denise-Aiko Chinen (The Full Monty, Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven). Playing for two weekends only at the Ong King Arts Center, this show is sure to have audiences discussing the controversial subject matter long after the play is done. It will surely be one the most talked about productions of the spring theatre season.

For more information, please contact Director Farmer or Assistant Director Loren K.D. Farmer at evolvetheatrecompany@gmail.com.

Ong King Arts Center
1154 Fort Street Mall

Sat, 5/4, 7:30pm
Sun, 5/5, 3:30pm
Tues, 5/7, 7:30pm
Fri, 5/10, 7:30pm
Sat, 5/11, 7:30pm
Sun, 5/12, 3:30pm

Please note:
The show contains adult themes and situations, and is not suitable for children.


Ong King Arts Center (View)
1154 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, HI 96817
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Evolve Theatre Company
On BPT Since: Jan 17, 2018
EVOLVE Theatre Company

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