Underneath the aforementioned Christmas lights, the performance space is littered with garbage. Food wrappers, paper bags, empty water bottles, pizza boxes, it's the messiest break room you've ever seen. In walk Una and Ray, or Peter as he's now known. Una has just shown up and surprised Ray after seeing his photo in a magazine at a doctor's office. She has a few things to say to him, and he's going to listen, whether he likes it or not (he doesn't). They haven't seen or talked to each other since that night 15 years ago when he took her to a hotel at an empty resort town, when she was 12 and he was 40. We find out that he spent a few years in jail, then was able to build a nice life for himself by changing his name and moving away. Una, the victim, was of course not so lucky. She was ostracized in the town she never left, had unhealthy relationships with men, and basically had her childhood stolen from her. She needs him to know that. Will Una finally be able to close the door on this traumatic childhood event and move forward into a happy life? That's hard to say, but it's something that needed to happen, and fascinating, perplexing, infuriating, saddening, and riveting to witness.
|Sara Marsh and Luverne Siefert (photo by Rick Spaulding)|
I'm looking forward to the day when we no longer have to tell stories of women being abused, because it no longer happens. But we're not there yet.
Blackbird continues through January 5.