BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA – CLOSED
Announcement: This week’s performances (Feb 23, 24, 25 & 26) are canceled due to illness. Please reschedule your tickets here.
SAN DIEGO PREMIERE | FEB 5 – MAR 5, 2023
By Anna Ouyang Moench | Directed by Lisa Berger
From one of the writers of Apple TV’s hit series, Severance, comes a father-daughter story that spans decades in one suburban backyard. John and his daughter Caitlyn are birders. As they scan the skies, looking for elusive birds, the climate and their worlds will change as they struggle to understand the parts of one another that defy understanding. Produced in partnership with the San Diego Audubon Society.
Content Warning: This play contains a description and discussion of miscarriage that some viewers might find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
PRE & POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS
Feb 11 & Feb 12: San Diego Audubon Society
Feb 16: Friends of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
Feb 17 & Feb 19: San Diego Humane Society
Mar 2: Tree San Diego
Note: $15 RUSH tickets available online and at the Box Office 1 hour before each performance.
Hardship tickets are also available upon request. Please call the Box Office at (858) 598-7620 for more information.
Anna Ouyang Moench (Playwright) she/her is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her plays have been produced at the Geffen Playhouse, the Playwrights Realm, East West Players, InterAct Theater, and many other theaters across the country and around the world. Anna is a 2020 Steinberg Award winner and the recipient of a Gerbode Special Award in the Arts commission for a new play that will be produced at Magic Theater in 2022. She has been commissioned by NAATCO for a new play premiering in 2021.
In television and film, Anna has worked with Netflix, Apple TV+, HBO, UCP, eOne, PictureStart, and Universal.
Anna lives in Los Angeles with her family.
Lisa Berger (Director) she/her is a Professor of Theatre and Director. Her San Diego directing credits include When It Comes and Skelton Crew (The Old Globe, reading), How High the Moon, Reindeer Games, Paper Cities, The Whale (reading) and The Car Plays: Incident Row (La Jolla Playhouse); The Car Plays: We Wait (La Jolla Playhouse, Moving Arts), Red Bike (MOXIE Theatre), Parlour Song (Backyard Renaissance), Credible, The Secret in the Wings, Anatomy of Gray, Eurydice and A Streetcar Named Desire (USD), Metamorphosis (San Diego City College), The Collector (Animal Cracker Conspiracy), Righteous Exploits (So Say We All), A Behanding in Spokane (Cygnet Theatre), Buried Child, Simpatico, Things We Want (New Village Arts), Killer Joe (Compass Theatre) (Patte Award), Miss Julie (Stone Soup), Crimes of the Heart and Anonymous (Canyon Crest Academy) Buried Child (UCSD), The Moors, The Long Christmas Ride Home (Patte Award), and Looking for Normal (Diversionary Theatre), Handbag (AASD) and Islands of Repair (NYC Fringe).
She received her MFA from the University of Montana and is also a graduate of The William Esper Studio in New York City She currently teaches at Mira Costa College, City College and the University of San Diego. She is co-artistic director of Meisner/Chekhov Integrated Training Studio.
Cast & Creative Team
Farah Dinga (Caitlyn) they/them is a San Diego-based Pakistani-Queer theatre actor, playwright, producer, and educator. Trained at University of California San Diego, you may have seen their work at; Diversionary Theatre, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, New Village Arts, MOXIE Theatre, SD Rep, University of San Diego, and many more. They are also current Rising Tides commissioned playwright with Diversionary Theatre and National New Play Network. IG: farahdinga
Mike Sears (John) he/him Credits include: Film: Bite, Implied Consent, The Bush League. Televison: Law and Order: SVU. Theatre/NYC: When Words Fail (Houseman Theatre), Leap (Abingdon Theatre), To Have and To Hold (Phil Bosakowski Theatre). Off-Off Broadway: The American Globe Theatre, Boomerang Theatre Summer Shakespeare, New Dramatist, New York Fringe Festival, The Present Company, NY Musical Theatre Works, The Producer’s Club and The Duplex. Regional Theatre: Trouble In Mind, What You Are, Rain, Kiss Me, Kate, Othello, Henry V/GFA, Twelfth Night/GFA (The Old Globe), Sideways, His Girl Friday, Hands on a Hard Body , Bonnie and Clyde, (La Jolla Playhouse), Parlour Song ( Backyard Renaissance, Critics Circle Award), A Behanding In Spokane , Man From Nebraska (Cygnet Theatre), Tortilla Curtain (San Diego Rep), The Mystery of Love and Sex, Birds of a Feather (Diversionary Theatre) Killer Joe (Compass Theatre), Tuesday’s With Morrie (North Coast Rep). Mike is a graduate of the William Esper Studio in New York City.
Stage Manager: Megan Aguilar-Ames (she/her)
Assistant Stage Manager: Gabby Stryker (she/her)
Set Designer: Robin Sanford Roberts (she/her)
Costume Designer: Danita Lee (she/her)
Lighting Designer: Joshua Heming (he/they)
Sound Designer: Matt Lescault-Wood (he/him)
Technical Director: Robert (Robbie) Malave (he/she/they)
THANK YOU TO OUR SEASON 18 SPONSORS!
EDITH BENKOV | BETH A. GOODMAN | WENDY NASH
THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS!
San Diego Audubon Society is a presenting partner of this production.
COVID-19 Safety Policy
For the health and safety of our community of theatre lovers and theatre makers, MOXIE is joining theatres across the country in setting the highest standards for health and safety. MOXIE staff and artists are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and MOXIE has upgraded our ventilation system and installed sanitation stations in our lobby. We have two options for attending performances for those with varying degrees of comfort:
Masked Matinees: All Sunday Matinee performances REQUIRE MASKS indoors and PROOF OF VACCINATION against Covid-19 or a negative Covid-19 test before entering the theatre. See CDPH mask recommendations here.
Masks Encouraged Evenings: All Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances are mask recommended. MOXIE does not require patrons to wear masks while indoors, but strongly encourages you to consider protecting yourself and others by wearing a mask. A mask can be provided upon request.