Congo Square Theatre PRESENTS Bulrusher 10/29- 11/25
Online tickets: www.congosquaretheatre.org
Congo Square Theatre Begins Thirteenth Season With Eisa Davis’ Pulitzer-Nominated Bulrusher
Theatrical ensemble to explore themes of self-identity and self-discovery within the African diaspora for 2012-2013
CHICAGO – September 2012 Congo Square Theatre Company is happy to announce the dates for the Chicago premiere of playwright Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher, directed by ensemble member, Taron Patton in her directorial debut. The production stars fellow ensemble member Ericka Ratcliff in the lead role, and is presented following a heightened teaser of Bulrusher, which was lauded by audiences during Congo Square’s annual homage to New Orleans’ culture, Festival on the Square.
The Bulrusher story centers on a clairvoyant orphan girl found in a basket floating on a river, reminiscent of the biblical Moses. She is raised by strangers and finds liberation from the world she knows when she meets a young black woman journeying from Alabama. Immersed in her new-found relationship, Bulrusher begins to learn about love and begins a new journey of self-discovery.
Congo Square Artistic Director Daniel Bryant explains the importance of bringing the production to audiences. “Bulrusher is a provocative story that delves into all aspects of identity – racial, sexual, and societal. This play is rich with lush language and uniquely crafted characters.” He continues, “The journey that Eisa Davis’ central character goes on is a perfect fit for our 2012-2013 season – the season of I am…” A 2007 Pulitzer-nominated play, Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher inspires and showcases the wide range of talent at Congo Square Theatre, and is a dream manifest for Taron Patton as a first time director. “This play is about purity, innocence and love, and about learning who you are from your own perspective,” offers Patton. “I’m excited to direct a talented, amazing cast of professionals and look forward to wowing audiences with the rich language of this beautiful story.” Congo Square Theatre is also excited to have the playwright in attendance for opening night to support the production. Eisa Davis is the 2012 Alpert Award winner in Theatre. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Bulrusher, now published by Samuel French, and wrote and starred in Angela’s Mixtape, named a best play of 2009 by The New Yorker.
Rehearsals for Bulrusher are set to begin early October, with previews scheduled for October 26-28, 2012.
Opening night is Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:30pm and the closing night performance takes place on Sunday, November 25, 2012.
Days/Times: Thursday and Friday – 7:30pm; Saturday – 3:00pm and 7:30 pm; Sunday – 3:00 pm.
Tickets are $35 and are available online now at CongoSquareTheatre.org. Groups and Corporate Sales, call (773) 296-1108.
The production is presented in cooperation with Pegasus Players, and will be held at 4520 N. Beacon, Chicago, Illinois.
The 2012-13 Season is graciously sponsored in part by: Peoples Gas, Southwest Airlines, Albert Pick Foundation, and The MacArthur Fund for the Arts and Culture at
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
About the Company
Congo Square Theater Company is an ensemble-based entity that seeks to broaden the scope of the theater-going experience. The ensemble’s effort matches education and the performances of productions that push the envelope in the telling of the diverse stories from within the African Diaspora – that ultimately resonate throughout humanity. Congo Square was founded in 1999 by two talented and determined theater artists with a commitment to artistic excellence. The company is generously supported by corporate partners and endlessly supportive donors and patrons. For more on Congo Square Theatre Company – visit CongoSquareTheatre.org, Facebook.com/CongoSquareTheatre, and Twitter.com/CongoSquareCHI
The Language of Bulrusher