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Upcoming events

Purple  Flower

May 13 and 20 | 12 PM and 3 PM | Shelley Lake Park, Raleigh, NC


This May, Black and Unknown Bards presents an outdoor, immersive performance of Marita Bonner's award winning one-act play, The Purple Flower.   Saturdays, May 13th and 20th, 12 PM and 3 PM, at Shelley Lake Park in Raleigh, North Carolina.  All tickets are "Pay What You Wish" and seating is limited.  Reserve your tickets today!


Synopsis: Written in 1928, Marita Bonner’s surreal masterpiece, The Purple Flower, is a tale of revolution when all other options fail.  The Us, a mythical group of beings, live in a rocky valley bounded on either side by Somewhere and Nowhere.  Their only goal is to climb the hill of Somewhere and reach the Purple-Flower-Of-Life-At-Its-Fullest.  If they do not succeed, the cavernous nothing of Nowhere will inevitably swallow them.  Standing in their way are the Sundry White Devils, mischievous, dangerous creatures who first used the Us to build their alluring world in Somewhere before casting them down into the valley.  The Purple Flower is an allegory for the decades after the end of slavery and the prediction of an inevitable revolution.

The Purple Flower is presented as part of SEEK Raleigh, an experimental public arts program of Raleigh Arts.

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