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Jeremiah Porter, Lena Kaminsky and Jeremy Swift star in “Birds of East Africa” at the Kitchen Theatre.(Photo: Photo by Dave Burbank)The Kitchen Theatre Company kicks off 2017 with the world premiere of Wendy Dann’s poignant and poetic “Birds of East Africa,” running Jan. 29 to Feb. 12. Previews begin Sunday, with opening night on Feb. 2.
Following the unexpected death of her husband, Marion, an accomplished ornithologist, finds herself without a place that feels like home. Not knowing where to land, she arrives on the doorstep of her college friend Stephen and his husband Nick, but is quickly caught in the middle of their unraveling marriage.
Stephen’s career is all consuming, leaving little room for Nick, who has a chronic illness with symptoms that have begun to accelerate. The three mid 40s friends discover they are standing at a crossroads, and that what once seemed permanent and secure in their lives is now fragile and vulnerable.
In a series of tightly wrought scenes moving back and forth in time, with dancers transforming into the birds so central to Marion’s life, Dann’s new play explores how we heal, find hope and move on.
“I am fascinated by playwright Wendy Dann’s ability to so truthfully capture life’s tiny, intimate moments of communication. The play is packed with those seconds in time when we observe something seemingly minor that transforms into a revelation,” says Rachel Lampert, artistic director of Kitchen Theatre Company and director of “Birds of East Africa.” “Wendy has written an exquisite piece that offers honesty and hope amidst sorrow and loss. I am excited to see this world premiere come to life with our wonderfully talented cast.”
Kitchen Theatre Company’s “Birds of East Africa” cast includes just one Kitchen Theatre Company veteran: Lena Kaminsky (Marion), who played Donna in the 2014 2015 production “Swimming in the Shallows.” Joining her are New York City based actors Daniel Pettrow (Stephen), Gabriel Marin (Nick), and Jacob Goodhart (Daniel). Ithaca College student Jeremiah Porter and New York City based Jeremy Swift are actor dancers who round out the cast playing various roles, including the birds that Marion has spent her professional life studying.
Daniel Pettrow and Gabriel Marin star in “Birds of East Africa” at the Kitchen Theatre. Her play “The Strangest Thing” was a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and her short play “Brother Love” was a finalist for the Arts Letters Prize in Drama and was published in Stone Canoe. Her work has been developed and produced by the Hangar Theatre Pilot Series,
the Civic Ensemble and Cherry Arts.
Dann is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting. Regional directing work includes Dallas Theater Center, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Alliance Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Capitol Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company (including last season’s “Buyer Cellar”), and seven seasons as associate artistic director at the Hangar Theatre. Post show talkbacks with the playwright, director and design team are scheduled for the preview performances on Sunday, Jan. 29; Tuesday, Jan. 31; and Wednesday, Feb. 1.
On Friday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 10, there will be a post show talkback moderated by Lee Rayburn from WHCU radio with the cast, director and playwright. There is also a free pre show talk on Wednesday, Feb. by John W. Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University.
“Pay What You Can Night” will be Tuesday, Jan. 31. The Friday, Feb. 10,
performance is Under 40 Night and includes a free wine tasting and a post show event.