Following its sold out limited engagement in New York, Benjamin Kessler's Blue States arrives in LA. Five vignettes explore media hypocrisy and the myth of liberal tolerance. Michael Melamedoff directs.
OBIE winning playwright Christopher Shinn says: "Ben Kessler's Blue States is one of the most beautiful new plays I've seen -- and I mean beauty in its most complex sense: fraught, contradictory, buoyant, graceful, unsparing, enraged -- and never pitiless. The play charts the lives of the urban young with a psychological complexity that yields unexpected and astonishing political insights.
Moving beyond the easy dichotomies of left and right, gay and straight, rebellious and conformist, Kessler achieves something all too rare in today's artistic
climate: a deeply personal, idiosyncratic vision in which any of us can locate ourselves. Blue States is a most compassionate play about an era where compassion is on the verge of disappearance."