Black Bow

“Black Bow” premiered as part of The Group Rep’s production of UNHIDDEN FIGURES a virtual play festival of new short plays celebrating African-American women from all walks of life in honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

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As part of Group Rep’s virtual festival, UNHIDDEN FIGURES, we proudly highlight “Black Bow” now available to stream on demand.

Black Bow written by Matthew Guthrie, directed by Kathleen Delaney, performed by Tristan Cunningham and Maria Kress.

1965. A lifelong friendship transcends time, place and racial stigma after tragedy occurs.

From the author, Matthew Guthrie:

My wife and I both had tragedy happen in our lives due to an auto accident taking the lives of our closest loved ones.  The sudden removal of someone so dear was very difficult to cope with.  At those times we were fortunate to have someone in our lives that was there and took it upon themselves to console us, it felt like we were afforded angels in the most difficult of times.  In the case of my wife Kathleen, her angel was a close family friend and helper who was a person of color.

Matthew Guthrie Bio:
Matthew was born in Aurora, Illinois.  With a Midwest upbringing, Mr. Guthrie was accepted in the theater program at the University of Illinois.  Moved to Massachusetts with his family and continued his education in the screenwriting program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.  Mr. Guthrie has written and produced several plays: Band Aid Rushes, Glamour, Obscene and The Interview.  Work presented at Off-Broadway theatres such as La Mama Experimental Theatre Club. Mr. Guthrie studied acting with Stella Adler and Yevgeny Lanskoy.  He is also a painter and sculptor. Mr. Guthrie is married with two children.


Tristan Cunningham (Constance/Black Bow): Tristan Cunningham “turns in a tour de force of portraits” as quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle. “Cunningham steps so fully into each character that with each snap of a transformation you hold your breath, as if observing a magic trick”, SFGate. She has won the 2016 TBA Outstanding Performance Award and the 2016 BATCC Excellence in Theater Award. Her Bay Area credits include California Shakespeare Theater, Aurora Theater, SF Playhouse, Marin Shakespeare Company and more. Most recently she was in Season 2 of Family Reunion on Netflix, Season 1 of All Rise on CBS, and she will be in Season 1 of The Fugitive starring Kiefer Sutherland on Quibi TV. She is also featured in television shows Lethal Weapon, Solve, and Bit

Maria Kress (Helene/Black Bow): Maria is overjoyed to be back working with The Group Rep in Black Bow. Last year, she played Lola Henderson in Doug Haverty’s In My Mind’s Eye. She was a member of Theatre West’s ON THE AIR Players, who performed a live radio drama production of It’s A Wonderful Life. Recent Zoom plays at Theatre West include The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other favorite incarnations: Mary Haines in The Women, Meredith in Thicker than Water, Elizabeth in “Not Relative” and Jeannette in Without Annette.

Kathleen Delaney, Brooklyn Sample & Melanie Lee (Producers), Doug Engalla (Editor), Hartley Powers (Animation & Sound Design), Doug Haverty (Graphic Design), Heidi Mendez (Tech Director)