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David Harrower

Published by Dramatists Play Service

1 Male 1 Female

This intense work was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival, where it received its world premiere

Two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later

Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrives unannounced at his office

Guilt, rage and raw emotions run high as they recollect their relationship when she was twelve and he was forty

Without any moral judgments, the play never shies away from the brutal shattering truth of the abandoned and unconventional love

Ray, fifty-six, after years in prison and subsequent hardships, has a new identity and has made a new life for himself, thinking that he could no longer be found

Una, twenty-seven, has thought of nothing else

And on finding a photo of him, sets out to find Ray

But she's 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 season ... masterly, mesmerizing ... extraordinary ... a 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 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 burn a dark and beguiling play which stays with you a remarkable play" ~

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

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