Blue Door

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.)

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Mathematics

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 2 Men (doubling)

Lewis, Simon/Rex/Jessie

Setting: Varies

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.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/09/theater/reviews/09blue.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=A5B5A86B987DD7280022856302D77B29&gwt=pay

http://www.curtainup.com/bluedoor.html

https://variety.com/2006/legit/markets-festivals/blue-door-2-1200516573/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/22/AR2009042203599.html

http://articles.latimes.com/2006/may/01/entertainment/et-blue1

http://chicagocritic.com/blue-door/

http://chicagotheaterbeat.com/2010/02/17/review-the-blue-door-victory-gardens/

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                              

South Coast Repertory, Photo: Henry DiRocco                          South Coast Repertory, Photo: Henry DiRocco

                               

South Coast Repertory, Photo: Henry DiRocco                          Playwrights Horizons, Photo: Joan Marcus

                              

Playwrights Horizons, Photo: Joan Marcus                                2010, Victory Gardens Theater

                              

Artists Repertory Theatre, Photo: David Kinder                        Artists Repertory Theatre, Photo: David Kinder

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