Sunday, March 6, 2022

Jersey City Theater Center Hosts March 12 Live Online Staged Reading of South African Work “The Bluebottles”

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) announces a live-streamed staged reading of 

The Bluebottles
by South African playwright Deborah Vieyra 
directed by Jacquelyn de Villiers

WHEN: Saturday, March 12, at 12:00 p.m. E.T. 
$10 are available for purchase at and
Accessibility accommodations for all events include closed captioning. In addition, a transcript can be made available in accessible large print or Braille, and sign language interpretation is also available upon request.

The play continues JCTC’s spotlight on current South African works as part of Voices International Theatre Festival.

The Bluebottles, written in 2021, follows Betty as she arrives home, and her parents cannot—or will not—let her into the house. Stuck on other sides of a viciously impenetrable security system, the three make a shot in the dark at connection. Amidst disintegrating bodies, violent neighborhood watch patrols, and impassable dongas, they use words to try to find one another. And right beside them, like a wretched parable of their trouble, a complex colony of bluebottles—hopelessly pretending to be just one thing—gets eaten from the inside.

Deborah Vieyra is a writer and performer from South Africa. Now based in Vancouver, she shares the unique inspiration that led her to pen her work. “I stood on the beach near where my parents live and watched a bluebottle being devoured by an infantry of sea slugs. They were eating it from the inside,” says Vieyra.

“It looked to me like a living x-ray of our social body — of family, of whiteness, of the colonial project, of my country, of all of it. And then the pandemic happened with all its loss — of lives, of social fabrics, of communication between people, of relationships. I wrote this play to navigate disintegration, to try and understand how (or if) to put it all back together. For better or worse, decomposition is a force,” she adds.

Cast: Alicia McCormick (as Betty), Megan Choritz (as Trudy), Roy Hunter (as Frank), Trent Rowe (as Father Blake)

Following The Bluebottles, JCTC presents the final staged reading in its South African series with Palesa Mazamisa's Lazy Boy on Saturday, May 14, at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

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