Blindness, the acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of a new adaptation of Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s 1995 dystopian novel by Tony Award winning playwright Simon Stephens, is a socially distanced sound narrative. Told through immersive sound design, it unveils the gripping story of a world changed forever by an unimaginable global pandemic, reminding us that from the darkness, we will all emerge stronger.
As the lights change at a major crossroads in a city in the heart of Europe, a car grinds to a halt. Suddenly, without warning or cause, its driver goes blind. Within hours, it is clear that this is a blindness like no other – it is an infectious epidemic, spreading like wildfire. The government tries to quarantine the contagion by herding the newly blind people into an empty asylum, but their attempts are futile. The city is in panic.
Originally put on at London’s Donmar Warehouse, Blindness proved to be an exceptional opportunity for guests to come together and witness its urgent and timely message. Just as it was presented in London, attendees in New York will hear the narrative unfolding around them through headphone technology while surrounded by immersive lighting and atmospheric design.
Together – and safely – they will experience the importance of community in our present moment, and be reminded of the hopeful end that lies ahead.
Author: Simon Stephens
Director: Walter Meierjohann
Producer: Daryl Roth Productions