BLINDNESS is based on the brilliantly terrifying novel by José Saramago, adapted by Tony Award®-winning playwright Simon Stephens with spell-binding storytelling narrated by Juliet Stevenson. A uniquely thrilling experience, BLINDNESS includes extended periods of complete blackout designed to transport the audience to a world changed forever, reminding us that out of 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 blindness is 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 when it premiered Off-Broadway in Spring of 2021. Just as it was presented in London, attendees in New York heard the narrative unfolding around them through headphone technology while surrounded by immersive lighting and atmospheric design.
Together audiences experienced the importance of community in our present moment, and were reminded of the hopeful end that lies ahead.
CRITICS PICK "No matter what, I knew that after this pandemic year, the experience of watching an indoor show would be one of a kind. And when this show began, it was — in that sense and in many others. BLINDNESS is a thrill for long-deprived ears and eyes."
— The New York Times
"In many ways, BLINDNESS is the ideal play to guide us out of the darkness of the past year. There couldn't be a better show to beckon us back to the theater."
"BLINDNESS slides up beside you like a whisper and, when necessary, a scream."