PRESS RELEASE – Bygone Theatre Presents THE BIRDS

Bygone Theatre brings a thrilling new drama to the historic Hart House Theatre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TORONTO, ON (Tuesday October 4, 2022), this November, see Bygone Theatre’s return to live theatre with the opening of a classic story wholly reimagined for the stage and our times. Written and directed by Emily Dix (BWT Best Director of an Equity Play, The Rear Window), THE BIRDS is a new psychological thriller inspired by the Daphne DuMaurier short story and Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name.

New York socialite Daphne Daniels is headed to an old family cottage for a weekend of R&R with her brother and husband, but when her husband is unexpectedly delayed and their neighbours turn out to be Daphne’s old flame and his new girl, tensions run high. Things take a bizarre turn when reports of violent bird attacks start flooding the airwaves and the sudden crisis brings out everyone’s deepest fears and darkest convictions. Inspired by the toll isolation and political propaganda took on many during the past few years of the global COVID-19 pandemic, The Birds examines what happens when the line between truth and paranoia becomes dangerously blurred.

Starring Anna Douglas (Mrs. America, FX) as Daphne Daniels and Alex Clay (The Rear Window) as her brother, David Harper; Oliver Georgiou (Sweet Action Theatre) as her ex-boyfriend, Mitch Brenner; Kiera Publicover (Arrowwood Theatre) as his new gal, Annie Hawthorne; and Chad Allen (The Expanse) as the gruff but helpful caretaker, Hank. Made possible through a partnership with Hart House Theatre as venue sponsor.

BYGONE THEATRE Toronto’s Best Live Theatre (Toronto Star Readers’ Choice Awards)
VENUE SPONSOR Hart House Theatre
PERFORMING AT Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
SHOW DATES November 25 – Dec. 10 | Wednesdays – Saturdays, Saturday matinees
PREVIEW Friday Nov. 25, 8pm | OPENING NIGHT AND GALA Sat. Nov. 26, 8pm, 10pm Gala
RECOMMENDED FOR Ages 13+ | Mature themes, simulated violence, use of stage blood

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Author: BygoneTheatre

Bygone Theatre was founded as a collective in October of 2012, and became an incorporated not-for-profit company in October of 2015. Our mandate is to produce theatre written or set in the early 20th century, focusing on historical aspects in design and incorporating a classic cinema aesthetic. ​ In 2019 Bygone Theatre was nominated for 14 Broadway World Toronto Awards, including Best Community Theatre and Best Play (Equity). We took home a total of 5 awards, 4 of which were for The Rear Window, including Best Direction of a Play (Equity); Best Original Lighting Design; Best Leading Actor (Play, Equity); and Best Featured Actress (Play, Equity). We took a hiatus our 2020/21 season because of the COVID19 pandemic, and used that time to develop our charitable initiatives. In August of 2021 we were nominated for the Toronto Star Readers' Choice Award for Best Live Theatre. Part of our mission involves inclusion and accessibility, and we strive to allow artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience the chance to have hands-on experience in whatever capacity they are most interested in; this has included youth outreach programs for high school students interested in production design, and acting opportunities for those who have never performed onstage.

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