When: June 6-15 2014

Mundane stuff usually happens in the office break room, but not so in Scotsman David Harrower’s taut drama Blackbird, which was first presented in Edinburgh in 2005 before finding serious interest at worldwide venues from Cape Town to Adelaide and Montreal. At his workplace, 55-year-old Ray is shocked when 27-year-old Una pays him a visit. It’s been 15 years since their sexual affair — you do the math — and his subsequent arrest and imprisonment. Under an assumed name, Ray has managed to carve out an acceptable new life, but now Una has tracked him down. What theatergoers experience is a brutally honest deconstruction of a complex and unconventional emotional relationship, as an angry and confused Una continues her search for understanding, and a fearful Ray parries her demanding questions and strains to discern her ultimate motivations. Harrower’s script won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. Its Nashville premiere will be mounted by Actors Bridge Ensemble under the direction of Jessika Malone. The 75-minute one-act stars veteran Music City film and stage actor Christopher Strand and Britt Byrd, whose work this season included her portrayal of Kathryn Howard in Ted Swindley’s mounting of the Henry VIII drama Royal Gambit at Christ Church Cathedral. MARTIN BRADY

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