BLACKBIRD

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BLACKBIRD BY DAVID HARROWER

Directed by Jeremy Adrianne Lelliott

FEATURING CANDACE HAMMER AND ERIC LARSON

AT GTC BURBANK

AUGUST 19 – SEPTEMBER 17

A new production of Blackbird by David Harrower has been announced for a limited run at GTC Burbank. Featuring Candace Hammer and Eric Larson and directed by Jeremy Adrianne Lelliott, the show opens August 19 and continues through September 17 only.

Scottish playwright David Harrower's drama won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and had a critically acclaimed run on Broadway last year. Inspired in part by the crimes of sex offender Toby Studebaker (though in no way a literal dramatization of actual events) the play depicts a young woman meeting a middle-aged man 15 years after being sexually abused by him
when she was 12 years old.

Candace Hammer has appeared as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Wendla in Spring Awakening at Playwrights Horizons, and Gower in Pericles at RADA. Her TV work includes This is Us, Criminal Minds, House of Cards, Masters of Sex, Girlboss, NCIS LA, Aquarius, Lost, and Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life. Hammer's film credits include Rocket Science (Sundance), From Within (Tribeca), and Eugene.
Eric Larson co-produced and played the lead in Donald Margulies' play Time Stands Still which was awarded an Encore! Producers' Award in the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. He was a Drama-Logue Award-winner for the original Los Angeles stage production of Toe to Toe at the Cast Theatre. Larson recently performed the lead role in Little Darling, an American Film Institute thesis project, and he starred in Adagio, a 2016 Arlington International Film Festival Best Short Film Winner.

Jeremy Adrianne Lelliott is the artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company. His directing highlights include The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up for Artists at Play, and Vieux Carré, The Woodsman, and Andronicus for Coeurage. He has appeared in productions at The Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Chance Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, and MainStreet Theatre Company, as well as with Disney on Broadway. Lelliott serves on the LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Rules Committee.

Andrew Schmedake is the lighting designer, Noah Donner-Klein is the sound designer, Donna Eshelman is movement coordinator, Eryn Bollin serves as stage manager, and Isabella Petrini is producer.

Opening is set for Saturday, August 19 at 8pm. The running schedule is Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm through September 17. General admission seating is $20 and tickets may be purchased online at www.blackbirdplay.com or by calling (571) 232-8894. To obtain a $5 per ticket discount (available online only), use code ‘friendsand family.'

GTC (Grove Theatre Center) is located at 1100 W. Clark Avenue in Burbank, 91506. Street parking is available.

Reviews

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On balance, this is a good production, with convincing, emotionally tuned performances. Director Jeremy Adrianne Lelliott does an excellent job of exploiting the play's atmospheric density.

sweet - Lovell Estell III - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Hard to watch this psychologically traumatizing journey unfold twice in two months but ironically, this second time out proved a fascinating and interesting homage to just how beautifully David Harrower's troubled characters are written. I want to do anything but compare the two productions or two casts but, suffice to say, if you're a student of theatre, the comparison between the two BLACKBIRDs is almost instantly apparent. Even the direction shows two totally different approaches to the same subject. Where Anna Stromberg's kinetic staging had her performers constantly circling each other ominously like caged animals, here Jeremy Ardianne Lelliott takes a far simpler, far more cerebral approach to the material, a choice which makes the ending even more devastating than the other. Both directions, amazingly, work beautifully.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


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On balance, this is a good production, with convincing, emotionally tuned performances. Director Jeremy Adrianne Lelliott does an excellent job of exploiting the play's atmospheric density.

sweet - Lovell Estell III - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Hard to watch this psychologically traumatizing journey unfold twice in two months but ironically, this second time out proved a fascinating and interesting homage to just how beautifully David Harrower's troubled characters are written. I want to do anything but compare the two productions or two casts but, suffice to say, if you're a student of theatre, the comparison between the two BLACKBIRDs is almost instantly apparent. Even the direction shows two totally different approaches to the same subject. Where Anna Stromberg's kinetic staging had her performers constantly circling each other ominously like caged animals, here Jeremy Ardianne Lelliott takes a far simpler, far more cerebral approach to the material, a choice which makes the ending even more devastating than the other. Both directions, amazingly, work beautifully.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review