Birds of a Feather

by  Marc Acito

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 1f

Winner of the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play! 

Recounts the story of Roy and Silo, the two Central Park Zoo chinstrap penguins who partnered, adopted an egg, hatched and raised a chick together.

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Birds of a Feather

by  Marc Acito

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Birds of a Feather recounts the story of Roy and Silo, the two Central Park Zoo chinstrap penguins who partnered, adopted an egg, hatched and raised a chick together. Roy and Silo are no strangers to the spotlight. In 2005, they were the subject of a widely contested children's book, And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. The book, temporarily pulled from school bookshelves in Loudoun County, became one of the most banned books in the US.
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Accolades

  • Winner of the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play!

Reviews

"There’s something satisfyingly poetic about the way the play’s themes reverberate and refract. And it’s refreshing to encounter a dramatist, and a theater, willing to take wing with such an adventurous approach to the culture wars." - The Washington Post

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: New York City, in and around Central Park, Early 21st Century.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 1f

ZOOKEEPER
PAULA ZAHN
FEMALE BIRDER

ROY
PALE MALE
BOMBSHELL
BETTY
GAYER
BORED
TEEN TANGO
CHASTITY WRIGHT

SILO
LOLA
BOMBSHELL
PORKEY
GAYEST
PREENING
ANNOUNCER
GROWN-UP TANGO

BIRDER
GAY
MAN IN COVERALLS
WANNA-BE
RICHARD COHEN

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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Drag performance
  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

One woman and three men play 24 roles, broken down as indicated.

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Authors

Marc Acito

Marc Acito won the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play with his comedy Birds of a Feather. He is the head writer of the musical Allegiance, which won the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Musical for its run at the Old Globe and is the book writer of A Room with a View, which also had its world premiere at the Old G ...

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Birds of a Feather was first presented by The HUB Theatre at the John Swayze Theatrein Fairfax, Virginia, on July 20, 2011. It was directed by Shirley Serotsky.

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