man and a woman surprised against a red wall

Xochitl Romero and Ken Webster in Blackbird at Hyde Park Theatre. Photo by Mark Pickell.

Hyde Park Theatre and Capital T Theatre



by David Harrower

directed by
Mark Pickell

September 11 - October 11, 2008

Reservations 479-PLAY

Fifteen years ago, Una and Ray had a relationship. They haven't set eyes on each other since. Now she's found him again.

The raves are already coming in for Blackbird. The Statesman called the show "a boiling kettle with no vent for the steam" and "one of the most richly challenging plays for audiences this year."

Robert Faires, on KUT radio:

Over 75 minutes we learn much about these two—how they are now, and how they were then—and come about as close to comprehending people in their situation as we can without being inside their skins. To carry us that far, however, requires actors who are willing to crawl inside these characters' skins . . . In Hyde Park Theatre's production, actors Ken Webster and Xochitl Romero prove their willingness to do just that. . . . Their performances show honesty and commitment.

If you'd like to know more, check out KUT's excellent Arts Eclectic piece on Blackbird.

Ken Webster (Austin Critics' Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Actor) and Xochitl Romero (who recently won raves in Dog Sees God at HPT) star; Mark Pickell of Capital T Theatre (Mr. Marmalade, Happy Days) directs this astonishing play that won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Play -- London's most prestigious theater award.

Sunday Herald:
"Harrower's drama positively explodes with unresolved, and possibly unresolvable concerns . . . one of the most daring new plays of recent years."

Daily Telegraph:
"I have rarely seen an audience watch a new work with quite such rapt attention . . . Blackbird is a drama that mixes guilt, memory, and desire into the most potent of theatrical cocktails."

And on Friday, September 12, join us immediately after the show for an opening weekend party, with delicious snacks generously provided by HPT neighbor New World Deli.

The show runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 11 - October 11, 2008. Every Thursday is Pay What You Can Night; Friday and Saturday tickets are $18 ($16 for students, seniors, and ACOT members). Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. For reservations or to charge tickets by phone, call 479-PLAY (7529).

Thank you to New World Deli for deliciously catering our opening weekend party.

Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all for their generosity.

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