by Conor McPherson
The play is directed by Alejandra Gutierrez.
Performances in the Jubilee Cottage of Goodwood Museum
Celebrated Irish playwright Conor McPherson wrote the script as an adaptation of the same Daphne du Maurier short story that Alfred Hitchcock used for his screenplay in the notorious film of the same name starring Tippi Hedren and Suzanne Pleshette. The play, first performed in McPherson’s hometown of Dublin, is more faithful to the post-apocalyptic tone of the original story. Diane, Nat, and Julia are strangers who seek refuge from the omnipresent threat of birds, who have as a species apparently turned enemies of humans. The vision of Director Alejandra Gutierrez focuses on the effect of the extreme stress of this environment on the human psyche and on human behavior. Technical wizardry will surround the Jubilee Cottage with the birds' ominous sounds. With a stellar cast that includes veteran actors Erika Stone and Nathan Williamson, this performance promises to be deeply stirring and thought-provoking.
February 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 2022
Tickets will also be sold at the door.
The performance will last approximately 90 minutes. There is no intermission.
Alejandra Gutierrez has a PhD in Spanish. She also studied theater in Venezuela. Later she was a member of the Spanish Theater Group at the University of Virginia. Since she moved to Tallahassee, she's been working with Theater with a Mission, and in 2016 she founded Tallahassee Hispanic Theater. She is very grateful for the opportunity to direct The Birds and for working with such a talented cast. It's been a delight!
Erika Stone is an Actor in Residence with the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts. The Birds will be Erika’s fourth production with IRT. She was last seen as Lady Patrick Campbell in Dear Liar. Other local roles include Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Gina in the SOT+ production of Heroes of the Fourth Turning. Erika is married to Jonathan Stone and has two teenage sons who are forever supportive of her creative work.
I have two separate bios for you to choose from. Claire wrote the second one.
Over the last fifteen years, Nathan Williamson has been fortunate enough to play a wide variety of characters on stages throughout Tallahassee. From pirates and elves with Theatre Tallahassee, playwrights and chimney sweeps at the Quincy Music Theater, to all manner of princes and fools with the Southern Shakespeare Company. Thanks to Claire and Grant for their love and support, and to you for joining him in his IRT debut.
Nathan Williamson is six feet tall and has hair. He likes to do shows.
Jim McMurtry has been active in the Tallahassee Theatre community for over thirty years. He is the past Chair of the IRT Board. Acting is his joy. He has worked with most every company in town. This is his third play by Conor McPherson. He’d like to thank Heather Brown for her help in preparation for this role.
As an Irish theater junkie and Daphne du Maurier fangirl, Gina is delighted to join this fabulous cast in her Tallahassee Irish Repertory Theater debut. Gina is from a lot of different places and nowhere in particular. After earning her BFA in Acting, she proceeded to perform with touring companies and at regional playhouses before moving to Tallahassee, completing a master’s degree, and landing her dream role – Matthew’s wife. Favorite credits include Eurydice (Eurydice), Alice in Wonderland (Alice), and Dancing at Lughnasa (Chris). A storyteller at heart, Gina spends her time offstage reading stuffy British literature and chipping away at her first novel. She’d like to thank Alejandra for the opportunity and you, theater patrons, for continuing to support the arts. “To Poppy. It is because of you that I’m strong; it is because of you that I decided to create again.”