The Birds

Directed by Laura Lucci
Presented in the Warner Studio Theatre

By Conor McPherson

From a Story by Daphne Dumaurier

The basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s Classic Film The Birds

SYNOPSIS:

In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds.
They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there’s no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor
may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news
of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when
paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress—an internal threat to match that of the birds outside.

AUDITION/CALLBACK INFORMATION:

Audition/Callback location: South Bend Civic- 403 N. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana — Enter through front doors off Main Street

 

IMPORTANT DATES

AUDITIONS

MONDAY, AUGUST 12 (6:00-9:00 PM) OR

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 (6:00-9:00 PM)

South Bend Civic Theatre
403 N. Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601

CALL BACK DATES:

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 (6:00PM)

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

Rehearsals begin August 26 

Rehearsals will take place:

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY 6:00pm-9:00pm with potential for Saturday afternoons.

Tech week begins October 7 with Dress rehearsals the week of October 14.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, October 17 (7:30 PM) — PAY WHAT YOU CAN DRESS REHEARSAL

FRIDAY, October 18 (7:30 PM)

SATURDAY, October 19 (7:30 PM)

SUNDAY, October 20 (2:00 PM)

WEDNESDAY, October 23 (7:30 PM)

THURSDAY, October 24 (7:30 PM)

FRIDAY, October 25 (7:30 PM)

SATURDAY, October 26 (7:30 PM)

SUNDAY, October 27 (2:00 PM)

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    What To Prepare

    Audition Requirements:
    NO PREPARATION NECESSARY. Sides will be available at auditions.

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    Additional Information

     

    Audition/Callback location: South Bend Civic- 403 N. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana — Enter through main doors off Main Street

    CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

    Diane
    – Age in text: late 40s/50s
    – Likely the older character between Nat and herself.
    – Standoffish and pragmatic. Can be motherly in a way, but sentimentality is a risk (even before
    the events of the play). Can be quick to suspicion and judgment, depending on the person. Is
    aware, at times acutely, of her age in juxtaposition to Julia’s youth. To Diane, three’s a crowd.

    Nat
    – Age in text: 40s/50s
    – Younger than Diane
    – More forthcoming in comparison to Diane. In desperate need of connection and seemingly
    always has been. He will avail himself to connection in all forms to the point of being hurt or
    used. Age is not so much of a bugbear for Nat as it is for Diane.

    Julia
    – Age in text: 20s
    – The youngest character
    – Scrappy, resourceful. Julia is ambiguous, cryptic. Nat mostly trusts her, Diane less so. Though
    she is in her early- to mid-20s, she can put on the affect of a teenager to that of a mature adult,
    depending on what she needs to accomplish. She could be as enigmatic to the audience as she
    is to her roommates. Or, she is perhaps not as subtle as she believes herself to be…
    Tierney
    – Age in text: 50s
    – The text does give some physical description for Tierney, noting that he is heavy-set, but that
    doesn’t necessarily preclude other body types.
    – We don’t get a lot of time with Tierney–just one scene. He is imposing, and takes advantage of
    a moment when Diane is alone. In some ways he’s like Diane–he knows that someone will get
    pushed out of the threesome, but he and Diane disagree on who will get the boot. Even from a
    distance, he seems to have the occupants of the cottage nailed down fairly accurately.
    Allegedly, this house belongs to Tierney’s sister, and he grew up here.

    Laura Lucci
    Director