by South African playwright Deborah Vieyra
directed by Jacquelyn de Villiers
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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.
“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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