Blood From a Stone is a portrait of a blue collar family living in a state of crisis. Eldest child Travis joined the military but has returned to his family home in working class New Britain, Connecticut to parents whose angry relationship now turns violent, a brother fighting to make ends meet despite his poor decisions and a sister struggling to maintain the patch of normalcy she has carved out for her own family. Despite all he’s done to break away, Travis gets sucked back into the pattern of frustration, disappointment and mistrust that plagues his family members everyday lives.
What Is Blood From a Stone Like?
Both the look and feel of Blood From a Stone are as bleak as the family at its center. The show’s single set is the first floor of a dingy home, where the characters trudge through the grind of daily life complete with a leaky roof and a shortage of funds. The play quietly explores the regrets and failures that lead to intense, violent outbursts. Much of the story is told through two-person scenes, exploring moments of intimacy between Travis and his various relations. Though long enough to require two intermissions, those moments of intimacy keep the show engaging on an emotional level while the sense of impending domestic doom can keep an audience on tenterhooks.
Is Blood From a Stone Good For Kids?
In film form, Blood From a Stone would be facing a definite R rating, so this one is a no-go for children on at least three counts: language, violence and sexual content that includes more than a glimpse of nudity. This level of violence among family members can be a lot to handle even for adults; leave the youngsters at home.