Lewis is a tenured professor of mathematics at a well-regarded university. Underneath his veneer of success, however, lies a soul troubled by questions of personal and cultural identity.
Play title: Blue Door
Author (s): Tanya Barfield
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc.
Publication Date: 2007 (Dramatists Play Service Inc.)
Primary Discipline: Mathematics
Scientist (s): Fictional
Source Texts: Unknown
Character Breakdown: 2 Men (doubling)
Time Period: Between 1851-1995
Synopsis of Play: Lewis is a tenured professor of mathematics at a well-regarded university. Underneath his veneer of success, however, lies a soul troubled by questions of personal and cultural identity. When his wife leaves him, apparently due to the fact that he won’t embrace his heritage and attend the Million Man March, Lewis experiences a disorienting insomnia and inadvertently conjures his ancestors. Three generations of men (all played by one actor), from slavery through Black Power, challenge Lewis to embark on a night journey combining past and present. Infused with abundant humor and woven through with original songs, Blue Door is a tour de force for two actors, a vivid, exuberantly theatrical play about the African-American male experience. (play text cover blurb, Dramatists Play Service Inc.)
First Performance Date: April 23rd, 2006
First Producer: South Coast Repertory
Performance History: Blue Door received its world premiere by South Coast Repertory (David Emmes, Producing Artistic Director; Martin Benson, Artistic Director) in Costa Mesa, California, opening on April 23rd, 2006. It was directed by Leah C. Gardiner; the set design was by Dustin O’Neill; the costume design was by Naila Aladdin Sanders; the lighting design was by Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz; the sound design was by Jill BC Du Boff; the original music was by Larry Gilliard, Jr and Leah C. Gardiner, the dialect coach was Philip D. Thompson; the casting was by Joanne DeNaut; the dramaturg was John Glore; the production manager was David Leavenworth; and the stage manager was Randall K. Lum.
Entered by: Meaghan Yesford
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