After Ferguson, the Play Bulrusher Feels Timely in Its Portrayal of Race Relations (GO!)
By Rebecca Haithcoat
"Why do you live where they do this to colored people?" asks 18-year-old Bulrusher, who grew up one of two black people in pastoral yet progressive Boonville, California. It's the summer of 1955, and Vera, who's just off a train from Birmingham, has shown her new friend a magazine photo of Emmett Till's mutilated face. "'Cause we're tired of running," Vera replies.
The Bottom Line
by Myron Meisel
A scintillating if sentimental play of ideas
A mixed race teen experiences sexual and political awakening in this Pulitzer Prize finalist set in 1955 rural California
1955 was the summer of tortured teen James Dean in East of Eden and the real-life tortured and murdered youth Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi. Back then, the eponymous heroine of Eisa Davis' Bulrusher (played by a remarkable Bianca Lemaire) leads a hardscrabble yet idyllic rural existence around the village of Boonville, California, a little more than 100 miles north of San Francisco.
'Bulrusher,' a Pulitzer finalist, is given a mesmerizing L.A. premiere by F. Kathleen Foley
'Bulrusher': Gifted ensemble handles poetic language of Pulitzer finalist in play's L.A. premiere
The Los Angeles premiere of 2007 Pulitzer finalist "Bulrusher," presented by Skylight Theatre Company and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, is a sometimes undisciplined outpouring that can frustrate and fascinate in equal measure. Nevertheless, director Nataki Garrett's precisely rendered staging of Eisa Davis' flawed but remarkable play unfolds with a mesmeric leisureliness, taking on the power and potency of myth.
LA Premiere of Pulitzer Prize Finalist BULRUSHER Gets a Sturdy Mounting At Skylight
by Gil Kaan
A trio of strong female performances anchor playwright Eisa Davis' Bulrusher; an intriguing story of a mixed-raced 18-year-old with psychic powers growing up in a predominantly white 1950s California town. Not that the three male performers slack in their acting talents. The males roles don't seem to be as fully developed as the women's. They're certainly not written to elicit any empathy.