Bulrusher by Eisa Davis

Thursday, April 13, 2023 to Sunday, April 16, 2023

The Theatre Arts Program at the University of Pennsylvania presents: Bulrusher

by Eisa Davis
Directed by Margit Edwards

Bruce Montgomery Theatre
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Tickets: $5 w/ Penn ID, $8 General, free on Thursday 4/13
Tickets available at: https://pennlivearts.org/event/penn-theatre-arts-program
For the PennID discount, contact the Penn Live Arts box office or e-mail theatrearts@sas.upenn.edu.

Bulrusher by Eisa Davis delicately explores the intricacies of an emerging racial awareness and self-identity in a small, isolated, idyllic town in the redwood country north of San Francisco. Set in 1955 with the murder of Emmet Till distantly haunting the background, Bulrusher, is about an orphaned multiracial girl, with a gift for clairvoyance that makes her feel like a stranger even amongst the strange: the taciturn schoolteacher who adopted her, the madam who runs her brothel with a fierce discipline, the logger with a zest for horses and women, and a guitar-slinging boy who is after Bulrusher’s heart. Just when she thought her world might close in on her, she discovers an entirely new sense of self when a black girl from Alabama comes to town. In the process, a nuanced coming of age story, set within the complex interconnections of black, white, and indigenous people in US, is revealed.

Thursday, April 13th at 7pm*
Friday, April 14th at 7pm
Saturday, April 15th at 7pm
Sunday, April 16th at 2pm

*Opening Night tickets are free for all. Join us after the performance for a reception with delicious desserts.

“Bulrusher” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com