Blue Heart

January 29 – February 21, 1999

Alternate Title Blue Kettle, Heart's Desire
Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description Blue Heart is a major new work by British playwright Caryl Churchill, "the most playfully and profoundly innovative dramatist in the country" (London Independent). Churchill's exhilarating work, directed by Max Stafford-Clark (The Steward of Christendom), is a dazzling triumph of verbal wit and theatrical invention.

Blue Heart is the umbrella title for two outlandishly funny and surprising one-act plays about separation and reunion. The first play, Heart's Desire, toys with the nature of expectation. As a family awaits the return of their long-absent daughter, their words and actions spiral from reality to absurdity with hilarious consequences. Blue Kettle is a darker and more disturbing tale of a con-man, deception and family bonds. Identities and communication break down as the play progresses, culminating in a devastating ending.

Through theatrical sleights-of-hand which warp both language and time, Churchill and Stafford-Clark render "a riveting production of a strikingly theatrical, cunning and powerfully compassionate work. The play of the year" (London Independent).
Identifier 1999s.00654
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
lighting designerJohanna Town
playwrightCaryl Churchill
set designer/decorJulian McGowan
sound designerPaul Arditti
stage managerKim A. Beringer