Blue/Orange

In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator – a story that becomes unnervingly plausible.

Play title:  Blue/Orange

Author (s):  Joe Penhall

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc

Publication Date: 2003

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Neuroscience 

Secondary Discipline: Psychology

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 3 Men

Christopher, Bruce, and Robert

Setting: Modern psychiatric hospital in London

Time Period: Present Day

Synopsis of Play: In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator – a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. Blue/Orange is an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service. (play text cover blurb, Dramatists Play Service)

First Performance Date: April 7th, 2000

First Producer: Cottesloe Theatre, Royal National Theatre

Performance History: Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall was first performed at the Cottesloe Theatre, Royal National Theatre in London, England, on April 7th, 2000. It subsequently transferred to the Dutchess Theatre in London, England, on April 30th, 2001. Blue/Orange received its New York premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Beth Emelson, Producing Director) in New York City on November 20th, 2002. It was directed by Neil Pepe; the set design was by Robert Brill; the lighting design was by Brian MacDevitt; the sound design was by Scott Myers; the costume design was by Laura Bauer; and the production stage manager was Darcy Stephens.  

Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/may/20/blue-orange-review-young-vic-mental-health-race

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/blueorange-young-vic-theatre-review-joe-penhalls-play-is-a-contemporary-classic-a7043106.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-ott-blue-orange-review-1006-story.html

http://www.curtainup.com/blueorange2.html

https://variety.com/2000/film/reviews/blue-orange-1200461609/

https://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/25/theater/theater-review-psychiatrists-do-battle-mental-illness-in-the-middle.html

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                                
Ambassadors Theatre Group.                                                       Young Vic, London. Photograph: Tristram

Photo: Robert Workman                                                                Kenton for the Guardian           

                                        

Young Vic, London. Photograph: Tristram

Kenton for the Guardian

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