Terror Takes Wings in The Birds
By Paula Lopuch
Playreaders is proud to present The Birds, a suspenseful adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s enthralling short story and the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film. Written by acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, Shining City, The Weir) The Birds is a tense, emotionally stirring drama which depicts a gripping and unsettling look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. This delicious, chilling psychological thriller takes place in an isolated house, where two strangers find shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds that become active when the tides come in, quiet when the tides go out, for reasons unknown. (Sorry Auduboners and bird lovers. At least it’s a good thing that there’s no ocean near San Miguel!)
Presented by Playreaders
Tue, Wed, and Thu, Mar 1, 2, 3, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
The strangers, Diane and Nat, played by Susan Rushton and Jim Wright, find relative sanctuary inside, but not comfort or peace. There’s no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor (Harold Dean James as Tierney) may still be alive and watching them. The fourth character, another refugee, young and attractive—Julia, played by Clara Dunham—arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. It’s a grueling, relentless existence of continual hunger, lack of privacy, and feelings of hopelessness. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress, an internal threat to match that of the birds outside.
You won’t easily forget this tense and compelling existential piece dealing with the eternal subject of man versus nature. The story is not for the faint of heart or the easily depressed, but for those who enjoy theater which makes you think, even afterwards. In this age of anxiety, when many believe that mankind is slowly but surely destroying the planet, The Birds seems especially resonant and unforgettable.
Directed by Paula Lopuch, with lights and sound by Don Nieglos, The Birds runs next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Playreaders Theater, St Paul’s Church.
Tickets will be sold at the door at 6:45 each evening on a first-come, first-served basis. All ticket holders must be present when the doors open at 7pm or their seat may be resold. The play will begin at 7:30 or when the house is filled.