Following their import of the Almeida Theatre Company's Phedre and Britannicus (starring Diana Rigg and Toby Stephens), BAM will present another British import: the Caryl Churchill double-bill Blue Heart, presented by Out of Joint at the Majestic Theatre, Jan. 29-Feb. 21.
Blue Heart is made up of Churchill's Heart's Desire and Blue Kettle. Each play is a exploration of language, loss and the breakdown of family life. In Heart's Desire, a mother, father and aunt await the return of the daughter from years abroad. In Blue Kettle, a 40-year-old man cons a series of women into believing he's the son they gave up for adoption. Frequent Churchill collaborator Max Stafford-Clark will direct both pieces.
Churchill came to international attention in the late seventies with fellow Brit playwrights Edward Bond, Howard Barker and Peter Hedges. Churchill became known for her radical, Marxist-themed plays, including Vinegar Tom, Mad Forest, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud 9 and Top Girls. Churchill's The Skriker made its New York debut at The Public in 1996 and marked a change in Churchill's work -- foregoing social theory to create a language based, almost Beckett-esque play about British folk tales haunting denizens of the present.
For tickets or more information on Out of Joint's production of the Caryl Churchill double-bill, Blue Heart, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theatre, call (718) 636-4100.
-- By Sean McGrath