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Blackberry: A Burial

May 02, 2019
Eric Marlin
Directed by: 
Sarah Lacy Hamilton
Theatre B
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 5:30pm
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:00pm


Blackberry, a pet goat kept by a girl named Jess, has been murdered and beheaded. His head, inexplicably taken, now sings and cries out to her from an unknown location. Jess vows to find him and reunite him with his body in order to give him a proper burial, but this soon proves easier said than done. Her growing anger begins to scare others away from helping her, putting even her single mother at a loss. In a world that does not make space for the pain of a child and where grief is too expensive to afford, Jess must grapple with her loss alone.

This production contains violence, adult language, mentions of animal cruelty, and references to self harm.


Cast of Blackberry: A Burial
Role Name
Jess Sydney Kuhel
Henrietta Amy Miller Martin
Marissa Olivia Schneider
Josephine Carrie Pozdol
Kids from School

Artistic Team

Artistic Team of Blackberry: A Burial
Title Name
Playwright Eric Marlin
Director Sarah Lacy Hamilton
Dramaturg & Mural Designer Luke Daniel White
Scenic Designer Harry Daley-Young
Costume & Puppet Designer Lindsey Kuhn
Lighting Designer Dante Benjegerdes
Sound Designer & Composer Colten Langfitt
Vocalist Mark Bruckner
Fight Choreographer Paul Kalina
Stage Manager Olivia Leslie
Assistant Stage Manager & Fight Captain Kyle Schindler

Ticket Information

Tickets for Iowa New Play Festival productions are $5 for non-students and free for UI students (with a valid ID). They are available one hour prior before show time in the Theatre Building lobby or during Festival Box Office hours on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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