BLIGHT

FULL-LENGTH: Silvia and Cat Henson have just moved from a tiny apartment in Washington, DC, into their sprawling dream home in the small, affluent town of Greenville, Delaware. Their new house, however, was recently the home of a teenaged mass shooter and his single mother. Is this the right time and place for Silvia and Cat to bring a new baby into the world, or will the house create an irreparable rift...
FULL-LENGTH: Silvia and Cat Henson have just moved from a tiny apartment in Washington, DC, into their sprawling dream home in the small, affluent town of Greenville, Delaware. Their new house, however, was recently the home of a teenaged mass shooter and his single mother. Is this the right time and place for Silvia and Cat to bring a new baby into the world, or will the house create an irreparable rift between them and their new community?

"One of the fascinating aspects of theater is how it makes you ask yourself questions you have never considered: Would I live in a house where a mass murderer lived? That’s the thought writer John Bavoso plants in the audience’s mind at the start of 'Blight'... In 'Blight,' the word 'monster' gets thrown in every direction. But this play reminds us that it’s easy to label people and then dismiss them as enemies. Looking for our common humanity is much harder." — Orlando Sentinel

"BLIGHT is [a] play that's urgently relevant to the time we live in now. I was impressed with Bavoso's scope: the house of the play fills with people from the past and the present. A terrible event lies at the center of this play and the house in it, but it's the vivid, real characters that give this play life." — Sam Mayer, The Landing Theater Company

"The selling of a home that previously belonged to a teenager who committed a mass shooting sounds like a powder keg waiting to explode, but the script by John Bavoso... show[s] the tender sides of this ultra sensitive situation... One doesn’t expect much joy or humor from the ominous and dreary description, but the show was actually quite delightful." — DC Theatre Scene
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  • Nelson Diaz-Marcano:
    22 Oct. 2017
    A thrilling play that creates a unique atmosphere to discuss the themes of motherhood and beliefs. Hooking its audience from the first scene, Bavoso tangles us up in the main conflict while also giving us new takes on old ideas. This is definitely a new way of doing a haunted house story, one that is not only fresh, but that may be smguve a stronger perspective on what makes something haunted.
  • Brittany Alyse Willis:
    18 Feb. 2017
    An engaging play with an incredible premise, BLIGHT asks questions I'd never considered previously - namely, what happens to the former property of people who've committed atrocities? Who decides? Is that property (whether a house or a personal item) irreparably tied to its previous owner's evil acts?

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Awards

Winner
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Premiere Series 2018
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Playwrights' Round Table
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2018
Finalist
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Top 20 Full-Length Plays
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Source Festival
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2017
Winner
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New American Voices Play Reading Series
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The Landing Theatre Company
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2017
Semi-Finalist
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Phoenix Theatre Festival
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Phoenix Theatre
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2017
Semi-Finalist
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Promising Playwright Contest
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The Colonial Players
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2017