The Etymology of Bird delves into the fabric of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a Brooklyn, NY neighborhood, and provokes a series of important questions on race relations, criminal justice, family life, love, fear, stereotypes, and hard choices. It weaves together the narratives of an aspiring rapper, an aspiring college student, a single mother grappling with an economy that increasingly demands technological expertise, a white cop in a community of color, and more.
“It’s so wonderful to be able to present play’s that are socially relevant and entertaining,” said City Park Foundation’s Director of Theater Programs, Freedome Bradley. “Play’s that reflect the hopes, dreams and concerns of the community in which they are set. This story was actually inspired by events that occurred just a few blocks away from where the play is being rehearsed and will premiere. That’s what theater’s all about, giving a voice to those that are unheard and Zakiyyah has done a wonderful job in reworking this play especially for our audience.”
The full cast of The Etymology of Bird includes Jenné Claiborne (Bird), Dennis Johnson (Jermaine), Lisa Strum (Rashida), Natafa (B-Boy), Reynaldo Piniella (Kash), J. Mal McCree (Doey), Jay Rohloff (Anthony/Mr. Steel), Dominique Morisseau (Carmen) and Ralph McCain (Lewis).
The creative team for The Etymology of Bird includes Antoinette Tynes (Lighting Design), Harlan Penn (Scenic Design), Anne Skeete (Costume Design) and Luqman Brown (Sound Design).