American Stage Begins 2013-14 Season with THE BIRDS Tonight
American Stage Theatre Company is excited to announce their 2013-2014 season opening production, THE BIRDS by the acclaimed Irish Playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer). Previews are tonight and tomorrow, October 2 & 3. Opening Night is October 4 and the production runs through October 27.
THE BIRDS is based on the short story by Daphne Du Maurier that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's legendary film. This suspenseful adaptation by acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer) is an emotionally stirring thriller that will keep patrons on The Edge of their seat. This production is set in a seaside town where masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving two strangers to take refuge in an abandoned cottage. With no electricity and little food, hope wanes...then a mysterious young woman shows up, and the struggle for survival really begins.
Todd Olson*+ is directing and handling the sound design for American Stage Theatre's production of THE BIRDS, which will be performed in two acts with one intermission. Todd Olson*+ is the Artistic Director and in his eleventh season here at American Stage Theatre Company. He is this year's recipient of the Florida Professional Theatre Association's Richard G. Fallon Award for Excellence in Professional Theatre. Todd has directed over 150 plays, musicals, and operas, including My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, (which he co-created) at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville, and I Left My Heart (also co-created) which he will direct at Milwaukee Rep this summer. For American Stage, Todd has directed over 30 plays, including some which have been recognized by Creative Loafing as "Best of the Bay" Awards for "Top-10 Productions of the Year" and "Best Director," including Stones in His Pockets, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Much Ado About Nothing, Anna in the Tropics, and The Seafarer. Other American Stage favorites include Suddenly Last Summer, Three Days of Rain, The Exonerated (with Sandy Duncan and Antonio Tarver), I Am My Own Wife, Dennis Lehane'sCoronado, Dinner with Friends, This Wonderful Life, August: Osage County, and The Amish Project.
The cast includes Roxanne Fay* (Diane), Richard B. Watson* (Nat), Gretchen Porro (Julia), and Joseph Parra* (Tierney). Both Richard and Joseph will be returning to our mainstage.Richard B. Watson* last worked with Todd Olson in An Ideal Husband and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He was born and raised in Wilmington, NC and now lives in New York City. Recent credits include the role of Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII at Pennsylvania Shakespeare, James Lawson in David Mamet's Race at Human Race Theater in Dayton, OH, and originated the role of Long John Silver in the world premier of Treasure Island, A New Musical at Arkansas Rep. New York credits include Devils Disciple at Irish Rep, Serendib at Ensemble Studio Theater, and Venus Flytrap at Active Theater. Film/TV work includes PS, I Love You, "Law & Order CI", "Delocated", Art=(Love)², and a pilot, "Powerless", for FX. He was awarded his M.F.A. from the Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University/Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Joseph Parra* was last seen at American Stage as Dr. Kelekian in Wit, as well as roles inAugust: Osage County, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Sleuth, The Drawer Boy, Little Shop of Horrors, The Taming of the Shrew, Golf with Alan Shepard, Anna in the Tropics, and Much Ado About Nothing. Joseph just finished a very successful run of Heroes with Banyan Theater in Sarasota, Stageworks' 10-minute Playwright Fest, and SATP's Blown By the Wind. Other regional credits include Asolo Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Wayside Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, and others. Movie fans may remember him in "The Godfather", "Zelig", "Wrong is Right", Lovesick", "Eddie and the Cruisers", as well as infomercials for Publix and Remington. TV audiences may remember him as John Thom on "Ryan's Hope".