Blackberry: A Burial

May 2, 2019

09:00 PM

Theatre Building, Theatre B

200 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242

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Blackberry: A Burial poster image. Goat head.

Presented by the Department of Theatre Arts
Iowa New Play Festival 2019 Production

Blackberry: A Burial
By Eric Marlin
Directed by Sarah Lacy Hamilton
Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 and 9:00 p.m.
Theatre B

Blackberry, a pet goat kept by a girl named Jess, has been murdered and beheaded. His head, inexplicably taken, now sings and cries out to her from an unknown location. Jess vows to find him and reunite him with his body in order to give him a proper burial, but this soon proves easier said than done. Her growing anger begins to scare others away from helping her, putting even her single mother at a loss. In a world that does not make space for the pain of a child and where grief is too expensive to afford, Jess must grapple with her loss alone.

This production contains violence, adult language, mentions of animal cruelty, and references to self harm.

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For more than forty years, the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts has presented an annual festival centered on producing, reading, and analyzing new scripts from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Preparing eleven new plays and presenting them in a single week is a monumental undertaking that is only possible through the utilization of UI Department of Theatre Arts’ wide-ranging resources in acting, directing, design, dramaturgy, stage management, and technical support. Through staged readings, workshops, and productions, Festival showcases the process of new play development.

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