About Blink By Phil Porter
In a time of uncertainty and rapid changes, two lovers fall in and out of love against the backdrop of London's digital and IRL landscape.
"This is the tale of Jonah, Sophie, and a fox called Scruffilitis. It's a love story. A dysfunctional, voyeuristic and darkly funny love story, but a love story all the same."
Content Warning: strong language, themes of religious trauma, death by illness, hospitalization, and some mention of suicide.
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A year ago, for the first time, I realized my call was to direct. I have always had a deep passion for expressing a vision and collaborating with gifted artists. I want to say thank you to all of the patrons who chose to come out this weekend to see a directing debut. And I want to thank each of the incredibly gifted artists who have collaborated with me in making this vision come to life. Thank you for giving your gifts to this project. I hope you enjoy this experience and go home with stories to share.
Blink is the story of two sweet souls in need of companionship who choose an unconventional route in finding it. “Love is whatever you feel it to be.” Understand that we each have a unique and significant place in this world, and some of the most precious companions in life can be those that fill a hole in your life. They balance you. They teach you. For Sophie and Jonah, they need to care and to be cared for. To feel seen and to watch over. What I love about these two characters is that they are shedding and grieving their old lives, but stepping right into what they feel they need in their healing. I hope you thoroughly enjoy Blink and you giggle as you watch this off-beat romance develop.
As I read this play for the first time, I found both characters to be endearing romantics, so I asked myself the question “how can my audience understand Jonah’s position?” And to me the answer was obvious, they had to fall in love with Sophie in the same way Jonah did. So it is my absolute pleasure to present to you this mixed media theatrical experience. As you step into our space, notice how you too may feel like you are on camera. The lights, the exposed set, you are just as much in this show as the actors. Though the story we are telling seems strange and at some times uncanny, I believe it is easily relatable. Because we all thirst for human connection. And more than ever we are finding alternative ways to pursue that. As we continue to recover from the past two years, we can see a significant shift in our perception of human connection. The confines seem to have changed as we have been pushed into virtual relationships with our loved ones. A story such as this shows how a virtual connection can be just as powerful as any other relationship.
Unnamed Theatre Company
Founded in 2021, Unnamed Theatre Company is a non-Equity, ensemble-based theatre company based in Irvine, CA.
We’re smart, scrappy and sprightly theatre creators who affirm that art should honor the humanity of all peoples. We seek to uplift and empower the voices of the unheard, the unattended to and the undesired, so that we may create theatre experiences that touch the souls of our community and push the boundaries of creativity.