BIRD HOUSE

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Kids
Written by Kate Marks, Directed by Dana Dobreva

The birds and the ants are set to invade your house. Somewhere else, there is a war. Where are you needed the most? Who are you going to take care of? Who is going to take care of you?

Louisy and Syl live happily together in the safety of their tree house, until Syl decides to perform heroic deeds in a far away, war-torn land. Alone for the first time, Louisy falls victim to the whims of the birds and ants at her doorstep. Abroad, Syl finds that the line between good and bad is not as clear as she had expected. Bird House is a fantastical exploration of loyalty, loss, and what it means to do the right thing.
Open:   07/07/10
Close:   07/09/10

Schedule:
July 7th @ 8pm, July 8th @ 8pm, July 9th @ 8pm
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west on Christopher Street several blocks to theatre

Cost:$20 regular, $15 students (with valid ID)
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Wings Theatre Box Office at 212-627-2961
Company: Zephyer Rep

Stephanie Martinez (Louisy) is originally from Miami, Florida and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami.  She previously appeared at the Wings Theatre in DiMaggio.  Off-Broadway theatre credits include Shafrika, The White Girl and I'll Be Damned at the Vineyard Theatre.  She is a member of Jaradoa Theatre Company.  Stephanie is also a teaching artist in NYC and is dedicated to empowering young people worldwide through the non-profit organization Artists Striving to End Poverty (asteponline.org).  Many thanks to Dana for the opportunity to tell this story.

Kiersten Armstrong (Syl) is an actor and artistic accomplice originally hailing from Virginia Beach.  Currently she hosts on Babelgum.com, an independent film website.  Some of her past favorites include: (stage) Katherine in Taming of the Shrew; Jill Mason in Equus; collaborating in the creation/ performance of new movement works with 9TTC to raise ecological awareness and activism; (film) Jane in Jane in a Box; Abi in …2 b UR friend.  Thank you as always to her 3bb and the r&r.  Want more information?  www.KierstenArmstrong.com

Carolina Ravassa (Myra) has been dancing, singing and acting since the age of four. She has performed in Eve Ensler's Fur is Back at the National Comedy Theatre and was also in NYC's Fringe Festival. Her film work includes Disney's Step Up 3-D, Discovery Channel's Nueva York, and indie films in her home town, Cali, Colombia. Besides acting, she also loved studying with Augusto Boal in Rio de Janeiro, while understanding the power of socio-political change through images and drama. From dancing in Colombia to expressing in Brazil to training in the US, theatre has been at the core of her adventures and now she is taking the next step in multi-lingual, ethnically diverse films.

Carol Neiman (Rita) has appeared in a number of independent films and off-off-Broadway productions, with favorite roles including Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Ernest, Madame in Therese Raquin, Marian and Sally in Later Life, and Eunice in I, Undertow. She is delighted to be working with such a great group of women on such a magical play, and grateful to Blake Bradford and Kymm Zuckert for creating the situation that sparked it to happen. This one is for Caroline, my childhood nanny who gave me unconditional love and taught me that staying inside the lines in the coloring book wasn’t the most important thing.

Ella Fendian (Kook) is a 3rd grader at the Dorchester School in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.She made her stage debut last summer as part of Willie Wilson's Theatre Arts Group production of Bye Bye Birdie and is back for more!  In addition to being an excellent student and a dedicated swimmer, she is looking forward to her upcoming performances in Bird House and Bugsy Malone, Make Me A Star! this summer.

Nora Fendian (Ooo) has just completed her Kindergarten year at the Dorchester School in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.  She is a charmer, likes sports, gum and fun. While still mastering her reading skills, she is very proud to be part of Bird House, and is grateful for her sisters' support in this production.

Eli Walker Palzkill (Queen Ant) is so pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of Bird House as the “Queen Ant.”  Eli is currently an Associate Producer at the Wings Theatre and a third-year drama student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She just completed her acting training at the Lee Strasberg Institute for Theatre and Film.  She began her training at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point, WI, where she studied with Joan Darling, Kerry Shear and Judy Kerr.  She has starred in several community productions in Wisconsin, as well as an original production of 385-Pound Smoker.  She performed in the Tisch Gala at Lincoln Center Theatre in New York and Political Snorts, directed by Elizabeth Swados at La Mama Experimental Theatre.  Most recently she performed her first original one-woman show at the Wings Theatre, which just completed a successful run at Alley Stage in Wisconsin as a one-night special event.

Emily Kai Burns (Ant) just finished kindergarten in Bergen County, NJ.  She loves to sing, play the piano, and draw.  She does karate and gymnastics.  She has the ability to brighten up any moment with a little dance and a funny song.

Teddy Calderone (Ant) currently attends Dorchester School in Woodcliff Lake, NJ and will be entering 4th grade in September.  He is a thinker and a tinker, prefers to think outside the box, and have interesting conversations (he says "if you don't have anything interesting to say, don't say it!).  He is an avid reader, loves arts and crafts, likes to invent and create things, and has a passion for astronomy.  Teddy is also a fashionista, he could be our next Giorgio Armani or Christian Dior, and could also appear one day on the cover of Time magazine!  

Dino Zavattini (Ant) is a second grader at Community Roots Charter School in Brooklyn.  He is making his theatrical debut in the Wings Theatre.  Dino is an avid reader and writer.  He is also a fan of David Attenborough's animal documentaries and a green belt in Southern Shaolin kung-fu.

Dana Dobreva (Director) is originally from Bulgaria, grew up in Paris, and recently returned to the US after several years in Europe. Credits include: Buried - also by Kate Marks, Arrested, Polaroid Stories, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Butterfly, and two original musicals: Soul Notes and Puppets and Shadows. Dana has studied Balinese shadow puppetry, masked-dance drama, Dervish dancing, Cham mysteries, Commedia dell’Arte, and Beijing opera as part of the Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory. She has also taught theater in Namibia and researched Afro-Brazilian dances and tango in South America.  Many thanks to Blake for this opportunity and to Kate for another beautiful script.

 

Abigail Strange (Assistant Director) recently graduated with a BFA in Directing from Hofstra University. She is currently a directing intern at Wings Theatre.  Most recently she assistant directed Hofstra University’s Senior Showcase at the Alvin Ailey Theatre and directed The American Planat Hofstra University.  In the past she has worked with several theatre companies such as Rabbit Hole Ensemble, Chicago’s Light Opera Works, and HERE Arts Center.  She has worked at theatres such as the Access Theatre, The Gene Frankel Theatre, and various spaces through the Fringe Festival.  Some past credits include Cyrano de Bergerac (Director), Beyond Therapy (Director), and The Tempest (Assistant Director).
 

 

Anastacia Spada (Designer) is an industrial design student at Philadelphia University. She is currently interning at Wings for Set and Costume Design. She has studied design in Milan, Italy and taught art in Philadelphia. She currently resides in both Philadelphia and New York City and is available for design and fabrication work.
 

 

Kate Marks’ plays include Bird House (KNF), A Chicken Goes to Broadway  (The Potluck in 2008 Samuel French Off-off Broadway One Act Festival), I-95 South (American Living Room Series at HERE), Flyers and Other Tales (Heels Hit First Productions in the Midtown International Festival and The Looking Glass Forum), Ark (The Looking Glass Theatre), Odyssey (The Baracken Theatre in Germany and The Looking Glass Theatre).  Kate is currently making films at CalArts where she is pursuing an MFA in the film-directing program. www.katemarks.net