The Birds

February 25 - April 08, 2012 in the Dowling Studio

"It's amazing that the frightening tale based on Daphne du Maurier's short story, "The Birds," is still being produced in such creative and still-frightening ways. The production of The Birds at the Guthrie was a powerful piece of theatre and a reminder to me of just how important that story has become. It was truly frightening, and the performances by the cast were wonderful and will be remembered. I suggest, as someone who has had a personal experience with The Birds, that this is a night in the theatre that should not be missed."
~Tippi Hedren, star of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier's enthralling short story, the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's legendary film, this suspenseful adaptation by acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, Shining City, The Weir) is an emotionally stirring, atmospheric drama in the Guthrie's most intimate theater.

Mysterious masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned house by the sea and form a bond to survive their haunting new circumstance. With no electricity and scarce food, the tension is palpable and hope is waning. Yet if two is company, three is a crowd, as the sudden arrival of a young woman with a mysterious nature of her own ruffles feathers in the house and quickly threatens to destroy their so-called sanctuary.

When The Birds premiered in Dublin the Irish Times raved, "McPherson keeps us on the edge of our seat" and the Irish Independent hailed the play as "deliciously chilling" and "spring-loaded with tension." Don't miss this chilling psychological portrait of fear and alienation.

This play contains strong language and mature themes

Run Time: 1 hour 35 minutes with no intermission.
Seating in the Dowling Studio is general admission and begins 30 minutes before curtain.


J.C. Cutler
Angela Timberman
Summer Hagen
Stephen Yoakam

Artistic Staff

Henry Wishcamper
Set Designer
Wilson Chin
Costume Designer
Jenny Mannis
Lighting Designer
Matthew Richards
Sound Designer
Scott W. Edwards
Michael Lupu
Fight Director Peter Moore
Stage Manager
Jason Clusman
       Production Assistant Sarah Howell
Assistant Director
Amanda Friou

Learn more

The Birds Play Guide
In Depth: Run for Shelter | by Quinton Skinner 
In Depth: Doomsday Preppers and Bunker Diggers I by Quinton Skinner


The Birds cast photo
The Birds cast photo
The Birds cast photo
The Birds cast photo
The Birds cast photo
Photos by Aaron Fenster





VIDEO: The Birds' J.C. Cutler on KARE 11


MPR: The Birds Roosts at the Guthrie



StarTribune: Night of the Living 'Birds'  


Minnesota Monthly: Sorry, Hitchcock. You've Been Upstaged
Pioneer Press
: Characters' Flaw and Fears Come Home to Roost in 'The Birds'
: The Birds at the Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio Theater
METRO Magazine: Birds of a Feather

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