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Lynn Cohen And Shauna Bloom Cast In Reading Of WHY BIRDS FLY At Dramatist Guild

Lynn Cohen And Shauna Bloom Cast In Reading Of WHY BIRDS FLY At Dramatist Guild

29th Street Playwright Collective presents a reading of WHY BIRDS FLY written by Emma Goldman-Sherman and directed by Brooke Viegut on Friday, March 29th at 7:30pm, in the Dramatists Guild's Mary Rodgers Room, as part of the DG's Friday Night Footlights Reading Series.

WHY BIRDS FLY is a mythic play about the primal instinct to nest: After a devastating storm, Grace (Lynn Cohen) tries to rebuild, but Mary (Shauna Bloom) is desperate to escape. Will the survivors rebuild a home that embodies the patriarchal values of the past? A kitchen sink play with the sink torn from the pipes and thrown from the kitchen. This highly physical piece runs in real time as comic tragedy or tragic comedy, depending on your view. The audience chooses the ending on this emotional rollercoaster.

Lynn Cohen is best known for playing Magda in the HBO series Sex and the City and the 2008 film of the same name, as well as its 2010 sequel, and Mags in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in addition to decades of popular New York and Regional theatre roles.

Shauna Bloom best known for her work on TV's The Mentalist as Red John's accomplice, Rebecca Anderson and American Horror Story. She recently appeared at the Portland Stage Company in the world premiere of REFUGE MALJA and will be seen in the upcoming AUNT JACK at Theatre for the New City in June.

Brooke Viegut, a recent transplant from the Repertory Theatre of St Louis, is the director. Founding artistic director of the Envisage Theatre Company, she believes innovative new work is the best way to expand understanding of the world. Recent directing credits include Treehouse of Dreams (Hudson Guild Theater), Fly By Night (Webster Conservatory), Shivaree (Envisage Play Festival), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Act Two Theatre).

Award-winning playwright Emma Goldman-Sherman's most recent work has been produced by New Circle Theatre Company (MAN & WIFE) and Dixon Place (FUKT and WHORTICULTURE) in NYC; while NEIGHBORS BY THE SEA was featured in the Short + Sweet Festival in Sydney, Australia. COUNTING IN SHA'AB, directed by Omar Metwally, will be podcast on "Playing on Air with Claudia Catania," later this season. She won the Jane Chambers Award for PERFECT WOMEN, and her monologues are published in Smith & Kraus' Best Monologues for Women, 2016, 2018 & 2019. She works as Dramaturg for the WriteNow Workshop and Great Plains Theatre Conference and is a member of the Dramatist Guild.

The 29th Street Playwrights Collective develops the voices of emerging, mature playwrights through weekly writing sessions, craft discussions and presentations, while committing to gender parity in theatre. WHY BIRDS FLY is part of the NEW WORKS SERIES 2019.

The Mary Rodgers Room at the Dramatist Guild is located at 1501 Broadway, 7th Floor. Enter on 43rd Street off 7th Avenue, ID is required to enter building.

Seating is limited! Please RSVP at Eventbrite

Lynn Cohen and Shauna Bloom appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

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