“Something monstrous happened to them when they were 6, but exactly what -- and how much of the blame lay with Claire [the mother], with their now-deceased father or with each other -- is a mystery that’s driven Leah to gather the survivors in an attempt to resolve. As the encounter unfolds, the phenomenal [Khandi] Alexander invests Claire’s every inflection and gesture with formidable potency and meaning, seamlessly modulating from mocking observer to defiant defendant to self-pitying victim.”
- Philip Brandes, The Los Angeles Times
“There's no plot to this "Bones" -- which never will be mistaken for the TV show -- just three soap opera-beautiful people who achieve dizzying heights of theatrical electricity, like children of Lear being chased by Freddy Krueger.”
- Laurence Vittes, The Hollywood Reporter
A woman. Her twin brother. Their mother.
And a family secret of desire and shame.
Personal torment and human tragedy becomes art in the deft hands of Dael Orlandersmith, Obie winner (Beauty’s Daughter) and Pulitzer finalist (Yellowman). The rhythm and poetry of her words – juxtaposed against the harsh realities of a family coming to grips with a history of abuse and betrayal – create a powerful narrative for dramatic conflict as three now-strangers meet again: desperately seeking answers and salvation.
This is a take-no-prisoners theatrical experience unlike any other. All seating for BONES will be on the stage amidst the characters and the confrontation and the performance is underscored by two jazz musicians on stage. Bones is a Center Theatre Group commission.
Pier Carlo Talenti, Center Theatre Group’s Resident Dramaturg and Literary Manager, is intimately involved in the development of many productions presented on our stages. He is an integral part of the research process, providing historical and social context for each work and keeping an independent and critical eye on our creative activities. In this issue of INSIDER VIEWS, he discusses the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s production of Dael Orlandersmith's Bones.
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