Venue Berlind Theater
Run Time 2 hours and 30 minutes (including a 15 minute intermission)
American Sign Language Accessibility September 23, 2023 at 2PM. To select the best seats for ASL access, please contact Patron Services at 609-258-2787, Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00PM - 6:00PM.
Audio Described and Open Caption Accessibility September 24, 2023 at 2PM. To select the best seats for Open Caption access please contact Patron Services at 609-258-2787, Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00PM - 6:00PM.



An engrossing rush... Eisa Davis' gleaming marriage of poetry and myth... has a big heart and a wide-open soul.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Filled with passion and peppered with live music and gentle humor, this Pulitzer Prize finalist transports us to the predominantly white town of Boonville, nestled in the majestic Redwoods of 1955 California. Orphaned as an infant and possessing the mystical gift of clairvoyance, Bulrusher feels her small-town world closing in around her, until a mysterious Black girl from Alabama arrives harboring a secret, awakening new discoveries and uncovering old truths.

Hailed as “captivating and lushly poetic” (LA Times), Bulrusher garnered wider attention in 2020 when it was produced as part of the popular digital series Bard at the Gate. Launched by the Tony-nominated and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, and now curated by Ms. Vogel and director Nicole A. Watson in association with McCarter, the series continues to provide a platform for overlooked and underappreciated new American plays.
“Our goal with Bard is to bring new life to neglected works, and Bulrusher is a prime example of our dream realized,” Vogel said. “Theatergoers who crave lyrical, refreshing and challenging plays will not want to miss it.”

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On Member Nights, while everyone is invited to enjoy the performance, only McCarter Members can enhance their experience with additional perks beyond their usual exclusive benefits. 
Benefits include:
• Double Drink Discounts at all McCarter Lobby Bars ($2 off all beverages instead of $1 off)
• Special gift or treat available at our member table in the West Lobby
Member nights are open to all current members. If you have questions about membership, click here to learn more.


Davis has powers as a writer to find beauty in almost everything, and her play pulses with compassion and life. Bulrusher has the kind of satisfying, uplifting ending you can only find in live theater — vibrant, poetic, immediate and thrilling.

Bay Area News Group



Pride Party Add-On

Matthews Theatre West Lobby

Nights out at McCarter just got even more fabulous! Join us for the 2023-2024 Season of Pride Parties and a curated selection of performances by LGBTQ artists and/or featuring Queer characters and stories. All are welcome at our celebratory pre-performance parties in the West Lobby of the Matthews Theatre featuring hearty appetizers, a cash bar with specialty cocktails, entertainment, and more!