Cast Set for Blackbird at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

News   Cast Set for Blackbird at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Carmen Goodine and Christopher Oden will star in David Harrower's controversial two-hander Blackbird for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, beginning Jan. 21.

Amy Saltz directs the St. Louis production, which officially opens Jan. 23 and will continue through Feb. 8 in the Emerson Studio Theatre of the Loretto-Hilton Center.

"Ray (Oden) has made a new life for himself, a new identity, a fresh start, leaving his past and his past mistakes behind him, if such a thing is possible," according to Blackbird press notes. "But one day Una (Goodine) shows up unexpectedly at his office to confront him about their disastrous relationship 15 years earlier, when she was only 12 years old. Because while Ray has started over, Una has found herself almost frozen in time, able to think of little else and, after spotting a photo of Ray in a trade magazine, she has come to challenge him with questions about their ill-fated affair."

The creative team comprisese Luke Hegel-Cantarella (scenic design), Elizabeth Eisloffel (costume design), Mary Jo Dondlinger (lighting design) and Rusty Wandall (sound design).

Harrower's inspiration for Blackbird came after he read a story about a man who traveled abroad to meet a young girl he first encountered on the Internet. His works include Knives in Hens, Kill the Old Torture Their Young, The Chrysalids and Presence. He has also adapted versions of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author (Six Characters Looking for an Author), Chekhov's Ivanov and Buchner's Woyzeck.

Blackbird was previously presented Off-Broadway in 2007 by the Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Jeff Daniels and Alison Pill. For tickets phone (314) 968-4925 or visit The Rep's online box office at The Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts is located at 130 Edgar Road in Webster Groves, MO.

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