How do they accomplish their goals, and once they achieve them, are they capable of stopping?
Written by Aristophanes circa 414 BCE near the end of an uneasy truce between Athens and Sparta during the Peloponnesian War, The Birds looks at demagogues and their rise to power. The story follows Pithetaerus (played by Simon Clarke), an Athenian who persuades the world's birds to create a new city in the sky, thereby gaining control over all communications between humans and gods. Toni Timmins stars as fellow Athenian, Euelpides.
“We live in a time where seemingly stable governments are flirting with demagogues and dictators who resort to flattery,” says director Jamie Horan. “They promise great things, but it’s their own self-interest with which we should be concerned. As a satire, this play couldn’t be more relevant to contemporary society.”
The Birds cast also features Maurice Turner, Jeong-yeon Lee, Maria Fernanda Silva, Heather McRae, Michael Everhard, Brian Petersen, Jungsoo Lee, Chris Sponagle, Jennifer Lienig, and Chaewon Yun.
Director Jamie Horan is an actor, playwright, and director living in Seoul. He got his start in theatre at six years old in an Iowan community production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. After moving to North Carolina and getting involved in community theatre, he attended UNCG where he took an interest in play-writing and directing. Jamie returned to the stage in the Seoul Players 2014 Ten Minute Play Festival and has since performed in various Seoul Players and Seoul Shakespeare Company productions. His directing credits include Michael Prince’s Capstone Performance (co-written with Jo Palazuelos-Krukowski) in 2015, Bunny Man in 2016, and Paper and Ink in 2018.
THE BIRDS PERFORMANCE DETAILS
Dates & Times: Saturday, March 23rd (3pm, 7pm) Sunday, March 24th (3pm) Saturday March 30th (3pm, 7pm) Sunday, March 31st (3pm) Saturday, April 6th (3pm, 7pm)
Post-performance Q&A: Sunday, March 31st, following the performance
Presented in English with Korean subtitles.
Venue: Yeollim Hall (열림홀) 136-25 Yeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (near Jongno 5ga Station) 서울특별시 종로구 연지동 136-25
Tickets: 20,000 won at the door (cash only) 15,000 advance Group discounts and student tickets are also available.