Birdy

February 27- March 10

Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College, Wellesley

Adapted by Naomi Wallace from the novel by William Wharton

Directed by Steven Maler

In a Philadelphia suburb before WWII, Birdy, a very smart, odd young man spends his time collecting pigeons and canaries for his aviary. His best friend, Al, has more earthy interests like sports and girls, but is attracted to Birdy’s eccentricity, intelligence and almost myopic pursuit of becoming a bird. After WWII, the two men cope with the trauma of their experiences in the war, both physical and psychological. Birdy retreats from his human self and finds emotional safety by completely assuming a bird identity. Al is brought to Birdy as a last ditch effort to try to lure him out of his bird state before the doctor stops treating Birdy altogether.

Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30pm
Thursday, February 28 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 2 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 3 at 3:00pm
Thursday, March 7 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 8 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 9 at 3:00pm
Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 10 at 3:00pm

Running Time: TBD

By special arrangement with Knight Hall Agency Ltd and Spring Sirkin.

 

Cast

Steven Barkhimer
Dr. White

Steven Barkhimer (Dr. White) is a member of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project (Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Cherry Orchard, Middletown, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale and others), and has recently appeared at Shakespeare & Company (Morning After Grace); Huntington Theatre (Tartuffe); Lyric Stage (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Gypsy and Warrior Class). Author of Windowmen, (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards) and a collection of music (“Time Was”), he also adapted Sheridan’s School for Scandal for ASP, and provided the libretto for an upcoming opera of Tristram Shandy (music by impresario Martin Pearlman).

Maxim Chumov
Young Al Columbato
Maxim Chumov
Young Al Columbato

Maxim Chumov is excited and honored to play the role of Young Al. A native of Washington State, Maxim has been training and pursuing acting on the East Coast for the past year. He is grateful for the opportunity to work with this amazingly talented cast and crew. Maxim would like to thank Spring Sirkin and Steve Maler for introducing him to the project, and he would like to thank his parents for their endless love and support.

Spencer Hamp
Young Birdy
Spencer Hamp
Young Birdy

Spencer Hamp recently left his home of Seattle, Wa and relocated to Brooklyn, NY. Recent stage work: Alan Strang in Equus (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard (ACT Theatre, The Seagull Project), roles in The Winter’s Tale (Seattle Shakespeare Company), the world premiere adaptation of David James Duncan’s The Brothers K (Book-It Rep), and the West Coast premiere of Buzzer (ACT Theatre, West of Lenin). Recent screen work: supporting roles in music videos for Erik Blood (“Chase the Clouds”) and Hunter Lea (“I See Through You”), guest starring in an episode of “Law and Order: SVU,” and appearing in the upcoming international feature film A Muse”.

Will Taylor
Birdy

Will Taylor is an actor, director, choreographer, and musician whose Broadway credits include A Chorus Line (Bobby), The Producers, La Cage aux Folles, and 42nd Street. Will recently played Rudy in Moises Kaufman’s acclaimed production of Bent (Mark Taper Forum).  TV: “The Good Wife”, “Partners”. Film: “Sex And The City 2”. Will directed the award-winning NY production of Chickens In The Yard (Adjusted Realists), and created the hit ongoing dance challenge On 1 Condition (Dixon Place).  Will has served as choreography and movement specialist for TV’s “Lip Lync Battle”, and has choreographed several world premiere plays and musicals. As a singer, Will toured the world in concert with Kristin Chenoweth and is currently working on his debut album of original songs. Training: Carnegie Mellon.  www.willtaylorsite.com @ohyesitwill

Keith White
Al Columbato
Keith White
Al Columbato

Keith White is a New York based Actor and Singer. Growing up in Georgia and California, Keith always had a passion for all performing, music making, and writing which led him to seek a higher education at The Boston Conservatory. After touring with the National Tour of Jersey Boys and performing on Broadway in A Bronx TaleKeith is overjoyed to return to Massachusetts and sink his teeth into this beautiful and layered play. Keith thanks his teachers, family and friends, his agency BRS/GAGE, and everyone involved in bringing this play to life. Dedicated to Papa Chubby.

Creative Team

Steven Maler
Director

Steven Maler is the Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC). At CSC he has been directing Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common productions since 1996, including Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry V, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, and Romeo & Juliet.  In collaboration with Boston Landmarks Orchestra, he directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring the Overture and Incidental Music of Felix Mendelssohn, as well as concert stagings of The Boys from Syracuse and Kiss Me, Kate at Boston’s iconic Hatch Shell.

Other CSC works include the critically acclaimed production of Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, the world premiere of Jake Broder’s Our American Hamlet, and the world premiere of Robert Brustein’s The Last Will.  He directed Peter Eötvös’s operatic treatment of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (U.S. Premiere) and Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face, The Turn of the Screw at New Repertory Theatre, Santaland Diaries and Chay Yew’s Porcelain at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Top Girls and Weldon Rising at Coyote Theatre,  and The L.A. Plays by Han Ong at A.R.T. His New York City credits include the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Without You, written by and starring Anthony Rapp. The production has been seen in Boston, Edinburgh, Toronto, London and Seoul.

He received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence as well as for Best Production, Twelfth Night; Outstanding Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Best Production, Suburbia; Best Solo Performance, John Kuntz’s Starf***ers (which also won Best Solo Performance Award at New York International Fringe Festival).

His feature film “The Autumn Heart”, starring Tyne Daly and Ally Sheedy, was in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

Naomi Wallace
Playwright
Naomi Wallace
Playwright

Naomi Wallace is a playwright from Kentucky. Her plays—which have been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States and the Middle East—include In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, The Fever Chart: Three Visions of the Middle East, And I and Silence and The Hard Weather Boating Party. In 2009, One Flea Spare was incorporated into the permanent repertoire of the French National Theater, the Comédie-Française. Only two American playwrights have ever been added to La Comédie’s repertoire in 300 years; the other was Tennessee Williams. Films: “Lawn Dogs”, “The War Boys”, “Flying Blind” (co-written with Bruce Mcleod). Awards: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (twice), Joseph Kesselring Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, Obie Award (One Flea Spare) and the 2012 Horton Foote Award for most promising new American play. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts development grant.

Clint Ramos
Scenic & Costume Design
Clint Ramos
Scenic & Costume Design

Clint Ramos For CSC, he has designed Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, Midsummer Nights Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew. He is the recipient of the TONY Award, Obie for Sustained Excellence, 3 Lucille Lortel Awards, 2 American Theater Wing Awards, Helen Hayes Award and many others. His most current work can be seen on Broadway with Once On This Island (costumes) and Off-Broadway with Mankind (scenery) at Playwrights Horizons. He has over 200 NY, national and international design credits Other notable credits are Eclipsed, Here Lies Love, Sunday in the Park with George, Elephant Man. He is professor of scenic design at SUNY Purchase. He is originally from the Philippines. He lives in New York with his husband and daughter. @clintramos

Jeff Adelberg
Lighting Design
Jeff Adelberg
Lighting Design

Jeff Adelberg returns to CSC after designing Death and the Maiden and Macbeth last season. Other recent work: Trouble in Tahiti and Arias and Barcarolles (Boston Lyric Opera); Gloria, The Night of the Iguana, As You Like It (The Gamm Theatre, RI); Beckett Women: Ceremonies of Departure (Poets’ Theatre at the MAC Belfast, Northern Ireland); Being Earnest, The Legend of Georgia McBride (Greater Boston Stage Co.); Frankenstein, Constellations (Underground Railway Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Hand to God (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Man of La Mancha (New Repertory Theatre); Rhinoceros (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Edward II, God’s Ear (Actors’ Shakespeare Project);Finish Line (Boston Theatre Co.); and Boston’s Christmas Revels since 2010. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Jeff teaches at Boston College and Brandeis University. Member of United Scenic Artists 829. www.jeffadelberg.com

Chris Noyes
Sound Design
Chris Noyes
Sound Design

Chris Noyes has composed, recorded and produced music for theatre, TV, film and radio. Over the years, he has worked on tours and CDs with many of Boston’s most popular recording artists, including the Cars and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Chris was commissioned to compose music for the critically acclaimed modern dance company, Pilobolus. This Fall, Chris will return as the composer and sound designer for Chamber Theatre of
Boston’s national tours of their productions of Encore, a collection of 1 act plays adapted for the theatre from short stories written by American authors such as Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe. Chris retired this year from the Berklee College of Music, where he has been a faculty member for 39 years. While on the faculty at Berklee, Chris taught courses ranging from Acoustics and freshman level Introduction to Music Technology to Ensembles and upper semester electives in Music Production as well as Sound Design and Sound Synthesis.

Jenna Worden
Stage Manager
Jenna Worden
Stage Manager

Jenna Worden is delighted to return to CSC after working on Richard III, Old Money, Death and the Maiden, and Our American Hamlet. She has worked extensively with Gloucester Stage Company, both as a stage manager and props master. Favorite GSC credits include The Agitators, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Totalitarians, and The Flick. In addition, Jenna has worked with WGBH (A Christmas Celtic Sojourn), Phoenix Theatre, and Childsplay AZ. She earned both her BA in Theatre Studies and BSEd in History from Northern Arizona University.Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Kristen Mazzocchi
Production Manager
Kristen Mazzocchi
Production Manager

Kristen Mazzocchi is an experienced arts educator, director and production manager. After graduating from Boston College with a BA in Theatre and Economics, she began her career at The Wang Center for the Performing Arts (now the Boch Center) as an Associate in the Arts Education Department. She went on to work as Production Manager for the Celebrity Series of Boston where she also served as Operations Director of AileyCamp Boston, a summer dance camp for 80 middle school aged students from the Boston Public School system. Kristen’s passion for education inspired her to earn a Master’s degree in Arts Education from Harvard University, and then to take a position as the Director of Educational programs for The Celebrity Series of Boston. Kristen is currently a freelance teaching artist, director and production manager working with many schools and arts organizations including New England Conservatory of Music, Improv Asylum, Needham Public Schools and Next Generation Theatre Company. She also serves as Chair of the Needham Cultural Council.

Rachel Corning
Assistant Stage Manager
Rachel Corning
Assistant Stage Manager

Rachel Corning returns to CSC after most recently stage managing their Apprentice Program production of Henry VI Pt. II  and the CSC2 production of Macbeth. Over her past two seasons with CSC, Rachel has also served as assistant stage manager on Old Money, Death and the Maiden, Beckett in Brief, and Our American Hamlet, as well as stage manager for the 2017 Apprentice production of Henry IV. Over the past year, outside of CSC, she has contributed to productions at North Shore Music Theatre (The Music Man, Young Frankenstein, Evita, 42nd Street, A Christmas Carol) and Gloucester Stage Company (The Agitators). Rachel is a graduate of Simmons University (Boston, MA) with a degree in Media Arts.

Carling-Sorenson Theater
19 College Drive Babson College
231 Forest Street
Babson Park (Wellesley), MA 02457

Driving Directions to Babson College/Sorenson Center for the Arts

From the east: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 15 (Interstate 95/Route 128). After the tolls, follow signs to Route 95/128 South to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) …

From the west: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 14 (Interstate 95/Route 128). After the tolls, follow signs to Route 95/128 South to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) … From the south: Follow Route 95/128 North to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) …

From the north: Follow Route 95/128 South to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) …

Then … At end of the off ramp, follow signs for Route 16 West (Washington Street). Continue on Route 16 West for 2 miles through Newton Lower Falls and Wellesley Hills. Turn left onto Forest Street and follow for 1 mile to Babson College; the main entrance is on the right. Turn left onto Map Hill Drive and park in the Trim Parking Lot. The theater is a short walk away, on College Drive.

Trim Parking Lot is the best place to park when attending events at the Sorenson Center for the Arts.  As you enter on Forest Street, make a left at the first stop sign unto Map Hill Drive.  On your right will be a smaller lot, Hollister Lot. If there is space available, patrons may park there.  However, Trim Parking Lot is preferred which will be on the left hand side after you pass the Hollister lot.  To walk to the theater, walk back towards the stop sign and make a left at the Hollister building.  Continue walking straight past Reynolds Campus Center and the Sorenson Center for the Arts will be the next building.

Handicap parking is available in the Hollister Lot, on Map Hill Drive.  We also recommend that patrons with mobility issues be dropped off in front of the theater before your party finds parking in Hollister or Trim lot for your convenience. 

From the Amtrak Terminal at South Station

You have two options:

1) Take the Framingham/Worcester Commuter rail to Wellesley Hills. From South Station, take the Framingham/Worcester commuter rail to Wellesley Hills. Depending on the time of day, regularly scheduled trains leave South Station at ½ to 2-hour intervals (Monday-Friday), and 1-to 3-hour intervals (Saturday and Sunday). The trip takes approximately 30 minutes. Purchase your ticket in the station. Then, call a taxi from Wellesley Hills. (See Area Taxis, below.)

2) Take the “T.” From South Station, take the MBTA subway Red Line inbound two stops to Park Street. Walk upstairs and take the Green Line outbound Riverside D train to Woodland, the next to last stop on the D line. Allow an hour for the trip. Then, take a taxi from Woodland to Babson. (See Area Taxis, below.)

For complete information about Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) services, including specific maps, schedules, and fares for trains, buses, and subways, please visit the MBTA web site.

By Taxi

Veteran’s Taxi (781) 449-8294 Wellesley Transportation (781) 235-2200 The Babson campus is handicap accessible.

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Are there accessible performances for patrons with disabilities?

Currently there are no accessible dates for this production.  CSC is committed to making theater available for all and we look forward to offering accessible performances in the near future,

Is there handicap seating available?

Yes, there are several locations in the theater to accommodate wheelchairs.  Call the box office at the Sorenson Center for the Arts to purchase these locations at 781-239-5880.

Are assisted listening devices available?

Yes, visit the box office for assisted listening devices.

When should I arrive?

The theater will open for seating roughly a half hour before curtain time. We advise you give yourself plenty of time for parking and walking to the theater.

Where should I park?/How do I get to the theater after parking?

Trim Parking Lot is the best place to park when attending events at the Sorenson Center for the Arts.  As you enter on Forest Street, make a left at the first stop sign unto Map Hill Drive.  On your right will be a smaller lot, Hollister Lot. If there is space available, patrons may park there.  However, Trim Parking Lot is preferred which will be on the left hand side after you pass the Hollister lot.  To walk to the theater, walk back towards the stop sign and make a left at the Hollister building.  Continue walking straight past Reynolds Campus Center and the Sorenson Center for the Arts will be the next building.

Are concessions available?

Although there is no food or drink permitted in the theater, food and drink are available for purchase in the Reynolds Campus Center next to the Sorenson Center for the arts.

Are shows delayed or canceled for weather?

Audience and actor safety is our main concern.  In cases of heavy snow or extreme weather, we will cancel and try to re-seat patrons into an alternative performance date.  Weather updates can be found on the homepage of our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

If I miss the show, what are my options?

To reschedule, call the box office at the Sorenson Center for the Arts at 781-239-5880 at least one business day before your reservation.  We will make our best efforts to seat you in another performance.  Seating will be based on availability.  It is not our policy to refund tickets but we are happy to reseat you on another date.  If you miss a production altogether, we will reseat you in an alternative production of your choice based on availability.

Can I take photos or video?

The taking of photos or video is strictly prohibited.

How can I support Commonwealth Shakespeare Company?

to make a donation or call 617-426-0863.  Click on the Ways To Give tab on our website to learn more about upcoming fundraising events and ways to get involved.

 

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