Beautiful Blackbird: An Adaptation of the Story by Ashley Bryan

Beautiful Blackbird: An Adaptation of the Story by Ashley Bryan


Ashley Bryan’s lauded storybook Beautiful Blackbird comes to vivid life when the Portland Museum of Art, the Theater Ensemble of Color, and Portland Ovations Offstage come together to bring his timeless fable to the stage. Inspired by a traditional story from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia, Blackbird tells the uplifting tale of the only bird in the forest to have black feathers, and his lessons for the other birds, who are envious of his beauty. The moral is that of tolerance, understanding, and self-love, and this limited-run production promises to empower and entertain theater-goers of all ages.

Presented by Theater Ensemble of Color
 and directed by Artistic Director René Goddess Johnson

Co-Produced by Portland Ovations and Portland Museum of Art

Presented in conjunction with the PMA exhibition Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan, on view through November 25.

11 a.m. Friday, October 19 SOLD OUT
11 a.m. Saturday, October 20 SOLD OUT
11 a.m. Sunday, October 21 SOLD OUT
Additional performance for school groups only at Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine
10 a.m. Monday, October 22. SOLD OUT




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