The Birds is an original adaptation of Aristophanes' comedy made for residents of the Hebrew Home for the Aged. The play follows the story of two lost Athenians who find a surprisingly pleasant home amongst a flock of birds. Through language, music, art, and movement, the Hebrew Home community explores what it means for an unlikely bunch to live and work together. The play asks us to consider how we hold space for both grief and hope while navigating the complexities that accompany creating and settling in a shared, new community.
Developed with residents of the Hebrew Home and drama therapists Barbara Kaynan, Kate DelPizzo and Hanna Rosenberg.
Commissioned by the NYU Drama Therapy as Performance Department
November 7, 9, 12, 15, 2017, 2:30 PM
NYU Black Box Theatre
New York, NY
An excerpt from the play...
King Terus: what’s it like being a bird?
For starters, we don’t have purses.
Well….that takes care of thieves.
In the summer we only eat myrtleberries, and in the winter, white sesame seeds.
It’s a very simple life. Too simple for humans I reckon.
That’s it! That’s what we should do! Join the birds! And MAKE our own city!
Yes! And it would be good for you.
If we settled there, and turned the sky into a proper state— humans would really rethink the birds
What do you mean?
People would see you as powerful as you are!
As creatures who see far into the past and future
Who predict storms and seasons
No one would THINK to put a bird in a cage!
No more chicken dinners!
No more saying “flighty as a bird” or “dumb as a dodo”
People would look up to the sky and just say “God danngggg”
Photo of actors in rehearsal, led by Kate DelPizzo