Dates of run: February 27 – March 17, 2013
Directed by: Kevin Jones
Featuring: Don Kenneth Mason and Ben Newman 

“Profile Theatre delivers powerful production…” The Oregonian
“It’s scary, funny and sometimes shockingly raw…This is intimate, total theatre.”Oregon ArtsWatch
“Bristles with energy and powerful performances” – Portland Monthly

Brothers Zach and Morris live together in a one-room shack in Port Elizabeth’s black housing slum, unable to escape until enough money is saved from Zach’s job guarding the entrance of a Whites Only park from non-white children. As light-skinned Morris tries desperately to hold on to his only family, he inadvertently creates a chasm that might never close, forcing dark-skinned Zach to ask the most dangerous question: Is love only skin deep?

Athol Fugard originated the role of Morris onstage. Upon its premiere in Johannesburg in 1961, the two-character play was immediately closed and censored by the South African government for having an interracial cast, the first South African play to do so. It was the Off-Broadway production of Blood Knot that launched Fugard’s career as a playwright with American audiences.

Design and Production: Jessica Bobillot, Kristeen Crosser, Corinne Gayle Lowenthal, Sara Ludeman, Ruth Nardecchia, Kate O’Connor, Sharath Patel, Demetri Pavlatos, Amanda Soden, David Stefani and Brent Sullivan

Supplemental Programming:

  • 3/3: Mat Chat Talkback with Production Team
  • 3/10: Talkback Featuring The August Wilson Red Door Project
  • 3/17: The Anti-Apartheid Movement in Portland and Beyond: a historical conversation hosted by Norm Diamond: Distinguished Scholar, Ohio Program in the Humanities, former President, Pacific Northwest Labor College, co-author, The Power In Our Hands with Richard Brown: photographer, citizen representative on Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training; and Elizabeth Ussher Groff: writer, former Director, Southern Africa Program of the American Friends Service Committee
  •  Sign interpreted performance March 7.


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