Blackbird has ratings and 50 reviews. Beth said: starsThe earlier you read this play, the more I think you’ll enjoy it. Or perhaps I should rep. Blackbird. Front Cover. David Harrower. Dramatists Play Service Inc, Blackbird is a tense and powerful “problem play”, confronting the problem of. If you’ve ever abused another human, playwright David Harrower has an uncomfortable reminder for you in his taut two-person drama.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I’m very excited for the film adaptation, especially the casting of Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara. I’m no moral guardian – hell, I look at some of the stuff I used to read when I was ish and shudder – but this isn’t the sort of books kids should read, if only because I don’t think it’s safe for kids to read philosophically about whether it’s possible for child molesters to love them!

You never said it but when I held you in my arms I could feel it. Preview — Blackbird by David Harrower.

David Harrower Lives Up to His Name in Blackbird, a Challenging Portrait of Abuse

Is Ray, who has been sent to prison and is he claims attempting to rebuild his hargower, a mendacious aggressor, or as much of a victim as she is? Now called Peter, he’s the manager of a medical-supplies manufacturing firm.

Other editions – View all Blackbird: Revolving around one dark, edgy subject statutory rape, the repercussions of. May 01, Frank Hering rated it it was amazing. I had to keep my name. It was bound in a drink-me pink and I liked the title. It’s blafkbird great great play for student productions thanks to its stripped-down nature – one simple set, two meaty roles one male, one femalepretty short run-time, edgy but provocative material. He seems hard on himself.


It robbed me of many relationships and experiences. It was directed by Joe Mantello. Upon his release, he managed to establish a reasonably successful new life under another name, but Una recognized him in a photograph and tracked him down. Rooney Mara This artiste has a way of making me want to change the channel, even when she is in the company of big names. We have a much older man involved with a teenage girl and even if the latter thinks she loves him, it is a no go.

I can’t wait to see this play sometime. It was inspired in part by the crimes of sex offender Toby Studebakerand depicts a blackbrid woman meeting a middle-aged man fifteen years after being sexually abused by him when she was twelve.

The former production was traverse and the latter in the round. The fearful Ray, who is himself trying to forget the past and the potential feelings he had for Una, parries her demanding blackbjrd and descriptions of her feelings and experiences, all the while uncertain of her intentions.

Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrive It has since been staged everywhere davod Broadway to Bangalore and Seoul. Lists with This Book. Perhaps… A comedian in disrepute- which may highlight the problem harroower treating bh lightly a serious, moral and life issue- was talking about the need to understand and engage with a child kidnapper, if only to get to save the children involved.

Not sure how I feel about this play or the characters within. No eBook available Amazon. Cliches if, sadly, cliches with truth in them like Una’s promiscuity are dwelled upon far more than more interesting and complicated subjects such as her capacity for new ‘love’ and what would make her describe her sexual relationships in detail to her parents!

David Harrower Lives Up to His Name in Blackbird, a Challenging Portrait of Abuse – INDY Week

Nov 04, Lauren rated it really liked it. Like OleannaMamet’s tale of a middle-aged college teacher’s disastrous encounter with a female student, or DoubtJohn Patrick Shanley’s portrait of a nun who suspects a priest of child molestation, Blackbird allows—even forces—audience members to impose their own interpretations on the events they’ve seen.


Fifteen years later, they each reveal what they have been through after their relationship? PetersenMattie HawkinsonDennis Zacek. He knows how to heighten tension with dramatically well-timed interruptions—a phone that rings at an awkward moment, an unwanted knock on the door—and startling outbursts of violent action.

Yet it doesn’t really feel ambiguous because it’s so short and kind of deliberately underdeveloped – so intent on making youthe reader, think that it doesn’t really seem to think anything of its own.

Reading it brought back a lot of memories and I’m glad I had that visual and aural experience to compare. Mar 08, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: Daniels begins the play in such a paroxysm of fear and anger that one worries he will quickly exhaust himself.

Mar 01, Lorma Doone rated it it was amazing Shelves: Show 25 25 50 All. Account Options Sign in.

Still, it goes beyond the simple premise of humanizing and still manages to maintain the non-negotiable ‘wrong’ status of pedophilia. I first saw the play staged and decided to read it immediately afterwards. This reads extremely well, and if you get the chance to see a live production-do so! Nov 27, Cara Cardo rated it liked it. Archived from the original on 22 July