A Preview of Townhall Players upcoming production of "THE BIRDS"
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PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER "THE BIRDS"
In a community theatre environment that typically sees lighthearted comedies, Ganado's Townhall Players has decided to step outside the box to perform a dark, psychological thriller in "The Birds." The play, written by Conor McPherson, is not the same story portrayed by the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name, but was based on the same short story written by Daphne DeMaurier.
McPherson's adaptation focuses on the human relationships in the face of societal collapse. In an isolated farm 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 from 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.
While some theatre companies have chosen to deviate from the script for the purpose of horror or shock value, THP is staying true to the script, where the intensity and suspense comes from the portrayal of the characters by the actors themselves, as well as staging and special effects. The director and cast first spent an extensive amount of time analyzing and talking about each character, and how the interaction among the characters would be developed as the story played out. The cast is made up of Geraldine Tobola as Diane, Makenzie Andel as Julia, Clinton Tegeler as Nat, and Jeff Sabedra as Tierney. Tegeler is directing the play as well.
In choosing to take on a "serious" story, THP wanted to offer a brief departure from the funny, lighthearted comedies that are most commonly portrayed in small town community theatre. This was done in part to offer more variety in terms of genres for the season, but also as a different type of challenge to the actors and the roles that they have the opportunities to play. "The Birds" is an add-on to the normal two-play season schedule for THP, as an enhancement to the season and not a replacement of the type of plays that have already been well received by the community.
Victoria playwright Patrick McLaughlin will guest-direct his original comedy "Under a Powder Blue Moon" in December as the last play of THP's 2019 season.
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UPCOMING SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE...
9/19 NATE CURRIN RETURNS! New Album Release
9/21, 22, 28, 29 Townhall Players Presents "THE BIRDS"
10/5 ABBIE GARDNER (of Red Molly)
11/2 HAMILTON LOOMIS RETURNS!
12/7 Townhall Players Presents "UNDER A POWDER BLUE MOON"
12/8 Townhall Players Presents "UNDER A POWDER BLUE MOON"
12/14 Townhall Players Presents "UNDER A POWDER BLUE MOON"
12/15 Townhall Players Presents "UNDER A POWDER BLUE MOON"
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