Blue Bird by Mikuni Yanaihara
Ensemble play with 10+ characters, men and women.
Originally written in Japanese by Mikuni Yanaihara. Co-translation with Kameron Steele.
Set in an unnamed time and place somewhere in a deep forest. It is a world where birds have become extinct and people have stopped looking at the sky. Seven scholars received a mission from the govenment to search for the “blue bird,” the last of the species, and let it multiply. The blue bird flies only at those brief moments when the night becomes the morning. The scholars each specializing in mammals, insects, plants and birds walk around the forest during the “blue” hours, expressing their own views about the extinction of the species. Days pass in vain, until one day, they look up at the sky…
English language premiere produced by Witness Relocation at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, directed by Dan Safer in 2009.