by Eisa Davis
directed by Leah C. Gardiner
Mar 8-April 9, 2006
This poetic, evocative play by Eisa Davis is set at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement, in 1955, the year Emmett Till was murdered. In a small town in California, a young African-American girl begins to understand what race means when a stranger from Alabama arrives. Set in a brothel in the real town of Boonville, with its own unique homespun language (Boontling), BULRUSHER tests our assumptions about race, sexuality and love.
with Robert Beitzel, Peter Bradbury, Charlotte Colavin, Zabryna Guevara, Guiesseppe Jones,Tinashe Kajese
Scenic Design and Video/Projection Design: Dustin O’Neill
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Eisa Davis (Playwright) is the author of Bulrusher, Angela’s Mixtape, Paper Armor, Six Minutes, Umkovu, and Hip Hop Anansi, a musical collaboration with deaf and hearing performers now playing at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. She is the winner of the Helen Merrill Award, the John Lippmann New Frontier Award, as well as fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Cave Canem, and the Van Lier and Mellon Foundations. She is presently working on a commission from the Geva Theatre/NYSCA, as well as a screenplay based on her play Angela’s Mixtape. Eisa’s articles and essays have been published in American Theatre, The Source, To Be Real, Everything But The Burden, Step Into A World, Role Call, and Total Chaos (upcoming). Also an actress, Eisa is currently appearing in the Philadelphia Theatre Company production of Intimate Apparel. She has performed her original songs at venues including Joe’s Pub, BAM Café, Makor, the Whitney Museum (upcoming), and as a musical guest on the Showtime series Soul Food. A graduate of Harvard and the Actors Studio/New School, Eisa is a member of New Dramatists and a native of Berkeley, California.