Bulrusher - Los Angeles Premiere of Pulitzer Prize Finalist

By Jennifer Lee

Pulitzer Prize Finalist “Bulrusher” by Eisa Davis makes its Los Angeles Premiere

Carrying her “quadruple threat” status with grace and humility, a rare breed in talent these days, Eisa Davis, the playwright / actor / singer / songwriter (not necessarily in that order) is in town for the opening of her play Bulrusher. She just does what she does best, which is almost everything, when called upon to do so. Now the focus is on the Los Angeles premiere of her play Bulrusher, a Pulitzer Prize finalist opening at the Skylight Theatre the weekend of August 23rd and 24th.

Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble (recipients of multiple awards, including NAACP Awards) has teamed with the Skylight Theatre Company to “explore the truth and reality that lies beneath the lower depth of our existence,” as expressed in the LDTE mission statement, to “transform community consciousness; and provide a forum for its audiences.”

Read more: Interview with Eisa Davis, playwright

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by Julio Martinez

"This play was originally produced at Urban Stages in New York, which is this tiny space next to Penn Station. It's really a miracle that it got plucked to be considered for the Pulitzer. because I don't know who saw it besides me and my family. The play is set in 1955 in this tiny, isolated community called Boonville in Mendocino County. I think it's my favorite place in the world. I started going up there with my family when I was in high school. The population is only about 475, the same as it was in 1955. It's the place where I became an artist. I spent time there in this cabin alone and really struggled with whether I was going to be the kind of playwright that would do exactly what my teachers told me to do; or if I was going to write something I had to write, whether it was approved of or not. Well, the cabin has this little wine cellar where I found this book that was originally a dissertation by this man who discovered this local language called Boontling. The book had this whole glossary and history of this dialect that was created by the citizens of Boonville around the turn of the 20th century. It fascinated me that this language was created by a town. and I thought it would be so great to write a play that had this in it. In my play, this language helps separate the town from the outside world, but in 1955 the outside world begins to intrude on life in Boonville."

August 28, 2014