October 12 - 28

The Birds

Produced by: Garden Theatre
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Stage adaptation by Conor McPherson
From a short story by Daphne du Maurier

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm

In an isolated, abandoned house, three strangers take refuge from relentless masses of birds that viciously attack everyone exposed. There’s no electricity, little food, and the birds inexplicably always return. Their claustrophobic existence becomes even more treacherous as paranoia creeps into their refuge and they become obsessed with the need to escape. Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s short story, this suspenseful adaptation is compelling, edge-of-your seat drama.

This show contains strong adult language and some violence. The production is not suitable for children under 13 years of age.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.

Cast & Crew

Nat: Matthew Rush
Diane: Tara Anderson
Julia: Sarah Lockard
Tierney: Bob Brandenburg

Artistic Director: Rob Winn Anderson
Director / Sound Designer: Aradhana Tiwari
Scenic Designer: Vandy Wood
Lighting Designer: Mike Wood*
Costume Designer: Franne Lee
Properties Designer: Sarah Allen
Production Stage Manager: Conny Williamson
Assistant Stage Manager: Kaylyn Kriaski
Master Carpenter: Mark Sansing
Scenic Artist: Ruth Wilson
Master Electrician / Lighting Programmer / Light Board Operator: David Clenney
Audio Editor: Jack Audet
Scenic Run Crew Chief: Sӧren LaFaver
Carpenter Assistant: Thomas Rivera
Production Manager: Jason Golinsky
Technical Director: Jim Zervas
Front of House & Company Manager: Debbie Sansing

*denotes member of United Scenic Artists

reviews & more

“So different than what I expected. Very thought provoking. Kept me interested every second someone was on stage. Acting was superb!” – Garden Guest

“The set was beautiful. They did an amazing job of showing time passing without saying it was by using different lights and heavier/lighter clothes. The actors were spot on with their emotions and believability so we could be in the moment with them. What an amazing cast and production!” – Garden Guest

“Kudos to the stage crew for lighting and sound that will make you look to the skies as you go to your car.” – Josh Garrick, Wandering Educators

There are four really outstanding elements that make this compelling show all the more worth seeing. 4. The very handsome and impressive set that is perfect for the Halloween season. 3: An appropriately dark and highly effective, really excellent lighting design. 2. The absolute best sound design I have ever experienced at an Orlando theatrical production, bar none! And 1: Exceptional acting by all four persons on stage.” – Michael Wanzie

“Mike Wood’s lighting is plenty eerie, and scenic designers Vandy Wood’s two-story house with its forbidding staircase and slatted blinds works perfectly. Franne Lee has fun with the costumes — an old wedding dress and a silk kimono appear for one drunken party. Tiwari creates a lovely off-kilter sense of time as scenes blend one into another. Has it been hours? Days? Weeks?” – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel


The Birds Costume Designer Shares Secrets of SNL, Sweeney Todd: The Orlando Sentinel

Surprisingly Contemporary, The Birds Has a Post-Apocalyptic Energy That’s Very Much In the Zeitgeist: Orlando Weekly

Interview: Bob Brandenburg and Sarah Lockard of The Birds at the Garden Theatre: BroadwayWorld