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Past Production

Slow Falling Bird

By Christine Evans
Directed by Rebecca Novick+
Jul 21–Aug 20
World Premiere
Venue: Exit Theatre

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As the tide of refugees fleeing from war-torn parts of the world grows, Evans asks us to explore the question of how we take them in – or leave them on the outside. Based on real events in the Wommera Immigration Detention Centre in Australia, SLOW FALLING BIRD creates a hallucinatory world of song and magic that is beautiful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.

Featuring: Michael Storm*, Dan Wolf, Cassie Beck+, Sally Clawson, Rami Margron, Juliet Tanner+, Anil Margsahayam, Jeremiah Christopher Hill, Joseph Estlack

Dramaturg: Christine Wolf

Assistant Director: Marissa Wolf

Dialect Coach: Dawn Elin Fraser

Fight Choreographer: Dave Maier

Choreographer: Cassie Beck+

Set Design: Joel Frangquist

Costume Design: Bree Hylkema+

Light Design: Heather Basarab+

Sound Design/Incidental Music: Cliff Caruthers

Songs*: Christine Evans

Props Design: Pegeen McGhan+

Production Design: Naren Larsen+

Stage Manager: Peggy Powell+

Assistant Stage Manager: Maura McGowan

Assistant Light Design: Jarrod Fischer+

Graphic Design: Julie Baum

Box Office Manager: Emma Sonduck

*Except for “My Island Home” by Neil Murray


“Powerful visuals and wrenching personal drama . . . in the final scenes the slow falling stops and the soaring begins.” – Chad Jones, Oakland Tribune

“A sad but needed tale Evans writes from the gut with a darkly gritty world-view. . . . Evans wisely fleshes out the humanity of all her characters, good and bad, sexual and cultural, victim and bully. She brilliantly utilizes the moon-like terrain of the Outback . . . to parallel the inhospitable geography of politics, where cruelty is the path of least resistance . . . A multi-layered, superlatively textured script.” -Tom W. Kelly, San Francisco Bay Times