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Selected Shorts: Bird Stories Hosted by Amy Tan


Bird is a verb and tonight we are looking at birds, not through binoculars, but on the page. Birds have influenced storytelling from the earliest folktales and fables; they are tricksters, messengers, and symbols of freedom and wildness. On this evening, actors Yetide Badaki (American Gods), Mike Doyle (New Amsterdam), Maryann Plunkett (Manifest), and BD Wong (Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens) perform short fiction about birds personified and birds as metaphor by authors Cristina Henríquez, Ben Loory, Heather Monley, and Mikkel Rosengaard. Author Amy Tan hosts and shares drawings of—and commentary on—the birds that inspire her to create.

Real-time captioning (CART) will be available in our theater for patrons with hearing loss, deafness, different language and learning needs, and anyone whose experience will be enhanced by CART. To access CART on your individual smartphone or tablet, please visit


Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

Expected Run Time is 90 minutes

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