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By Conor McPherson
From a short story by Daphne du Maurier
Directed by Vince Ventura
Daphne du Maurier’s short story, also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, is boldly adapted by Conor McPherson—a gripping, unsettling, and moving look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. In an isolated 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 of 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.
Directions to The University of Pittsburgh Studio Theatre
Enter the main entrance of the Cathedral on Bigelow Blvd and walk straight until you see the elevators. You will press the B button for basement and follow the instructions as to which elevator to board. Once off the elevator, you will make a left and the theatre is the first door on your left.
Parking is available on Bigelow Blvd, across the street on Forbes Ave and Schenley Drive Extension, in the lot on S. Bouquet Street and in the Soldiers and Sailors Hall parking lot.