Honors Thesis Performance, Spring 2021: Bulrusher



Event program


by Eisa Davis
directed by Lexi Warden '21

A Department of Theater Honors Performance 
Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 pm
Streaming as a radio play, via Zoom webinar
FREE, tickets required; tickets available via the Hopkins Center Box Office
Immediately followed by a post-show discussion with the director

In 1955, in the redwood country north of San Francisco, a multiracial girl grows up in a predominantly white town whose residents pepper their speech with the historical dialect of Boontling. Found floating in a basket on the river as an infant, Bulrusher is an orphan with a gift for clairvoyance that makes her feel like a stranger even amongst the strange: the taciturn schoolteacher who adopted her, the madam who runs her brothel with a fierce discipline, the logger with a zest for horses and women, and the guitar-slinging boy who is after Bulrusher's heart. Just when she thought her world might close in on her, she discovers an entirely new sense of self when a black girl from Alabama comes to town.

Passionate, lyrical, and chock full of down-home humor, Bulrusher was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. An unforgettable experience by a new, thrilling voice.

LEXI WARDEN '21 director
SAM WEST '20 sound designer
MILLENAH NASCIMENTO '21 stage manager

Content Advisory: This performance contains discussions of sexual assault and racial violence.


Bulrusher will presented as a radio play performance; the performance will be streamed live via Zoom webinar, and will be immediately followed by a post-show discussion with the director.
This performance is FREE but tickets are required; tickets may be reserved via the Hopkins Center Box Office HERE
Email Theater Dept Administrator Milena Zuccotti with quesitons about this performance.

BULRUSHER received its world premiere in 2006 at Urban Stages/Playwrights' Preview Productions in New York. Frances Hill, Artistic Director; Sonia Koslova, Managing Director. Originally directed by Leah C. Gardiner. This production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com