The Greeks had two kinds of time. Chronos is the embodiment of chronological time, the inevitable ticking away of the seconds of our lives. Kairos represents the idea of time as the right or opportune moment. This conception of time is event time. It describes the seminal moments in our lives that add up to who we are; birth, death, marriage, divorce, the fateful meeting or an accidental pivot in the path of our lives. Tanya Barfield’s Bright Half Life employs both of these ideas of time. We feel the inevitable tug of chronological time, hinting at the decay that is inherent in life, while simultaneously being thrown back and forth through event time. Time in the play is liquid and mercurial. It highlights the way in which the events that make up who we are are not sequential, but “all at once”. Through a temp job or an office with a view, an unforgettable third date, the Challenger explosion, confessions at a movie theatre, the AIDS epidemic, twins, legalized gay marriage, homework, illness, skydiving and flying a kite we are witness to the totality of a life lived in love. Vicky asks Erica, “Do you think forwards or backwards? Or do you think just “now”? I hope that you will allow the play to move you through all of these experiences of time—forwards, backwards and ultimately
“now”—sharing space with a love story that is major not minor and holds in it’s DNA lessons fundamental to what it means to be human.
About Tanya Barfiled
Tanya Barfield’s The Call premiered at Playwrights Horizons in co-production with Primary Stages. Her play Blue Door was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and AUDELCO Award and was seen at numerous theaters around the country. Her play Of Equal Measure played at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Short plays include: Medallion (Women’s Project/ Antigone Project), Foul Play (Royal Court Theatre, Cultural Center Bank of Brazil), The Wolves and Wanting North (Guthrie Theatre Lab, published in: Best 10-Minute Plays of 2003). Tanya wrote the book for the Theatreworks/USA children’s musical, Civil War: The First Black Regiment which toured public schools around the country. Barfield has been a recipient of a 2013 Lilly Award and the first inaugural Lilly Award Commission, a 2003 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a 2005 Honorable Mention for the Kesselring Prize for Drama, a 2006 Lark Play Development/ NYSCA grant and she has twice been a Finalist for the Princess Grace Award. She is a proud alumna of New Dramatists and a member of The Dramatist Guild Council.
Bright Half Life runs October 27 – November 13. Visit www.profiletheatre.org for more info