Bruise & Thorn

Bruise and Thorn work at a busted up old laundromat in Jamaica, Queens. Bruise dreams of becoming a chef and Thorn of changing the face of Hip Hop with his unabashed Queerness. When finances become strained, they get caught up in illegal activities sending them on a magical ride to make their dreams come true and...
Bruise and Thorn work at a busted up old laundromat in Jamaica, Queens. Bruise dreams of becoming a chef and Thorn of changing the face of Hip Hop with his unabashed Queerness. When finances become strained, they get caught up in illegal activities sending them on a magical ride to make their dreams come true and get the hell out of Jamaica. Bruise & Thorn is an authentic look at a Nuyorican street family, not through bloodline, but rather the social and economic indicators that naturally selects them to one another.
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Bruise & Thorn

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    9 Sep. 2019
    An extremely important and underrepresented example of pursuing "the American Dream." This play uses fierce humor and wrenching tragedy to illuminate the opportunities its central characters most desperately crave and deserve but are prevented from achieving at every turn. From ball culture to cockfighting to wild animals run loose, full throated and passionate theatricality is on display here. I would love to see how this lives off the page. I appreciate its transcendent and forward-looking ending.
  • Benjamin Behrend:
    10 Apr. 2019
    Passionate, funny, and bursting with life. This play is energizing in all the right ways. Highly recommend.
  • Aeneas Sagar Hemphill:
    10 Mar. 2019
    Bruise & Thorn crackles with humor, passion, and confidence. J. Julian Christopher's command of language is so clear in it: the play sings, has rhythm, and puts you directly into the play's world. It's also rich and thoughtful in its politics. Never didactic, never judgmental or heavy-handed, always wildly fun.

Development History

  • Reading
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    PlayPenn
    ,
    2018
  • Residency
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    Pipeline Theatre Company - PlayLab
    ,
    2017

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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The 2018 Premiere Play Festival.
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Premiere Stages at Kean University
,
2018
Semi-Finalist
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2017-2018 In-Progress New Play Reading Series
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,
2018
Finalist
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INKTank
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Rising Circle Theater Collective
,
2018
Winner
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New Play Development Conference
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PlayPenn
,
2018