If We Were Birds

by Erin Shields
Directed by Helene Kvale
March 28 - April 7, 2019
Running Time: TBD
Recommended Ages: R, This production contains scenes of sexual content, including sexual violence and partial nudity.
Studio Theatre

The war in Athens is over. Yet, even in the aftermath, the horrors continue as King Tereus assaults his sister-in-law Philomela in an act of passion. In a story of tragedy, empowerment, and triumph, Philomela and many female victims of the war use their experiences as a platform to speak out, an idea that led If We Were Birds to win the 2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play. Philomela’s and the other women’s stories strike a contemporary chord as a great number of women share their stories and speak for women’s rights.

Co-sponsored by HRI
Artwork provided courtesy of Shari Weschler Rubeck  -  Sumo Bunni

There will be talkbacks following performances on April 4th at 7:30pm, April 5th at 8pm and April 6th at 2pm.

Pay What You Can will be Saturday, March 30th at 8pm.  Pay What you can tickets are available based on availability.  Ticket price is $1 plus a canned good/non-perishable food item.  1 ticket per food item.  Tickets are only available 1 hour prior to the performance in person at the box office.  Not valid on prior sales.


Scenic Design / Casey Lambert
Lighting Design / Ally Zerio
Costume Design / Taowen Pan
Sound Design / Mack Gauthier
Puppetry Design / Neda Izadi
Dramaturg(s) / Lizz Mangan, Eddie Vitcavage
Stage Manager / Mikayla Carr


Philomela / Megan Casagrande
Procne / Carly Polistina
Pandion / Matthew Antoci
Tereus / Aidan Marchetti
The Young One / Pearl Matteson
The Pregnant One / Eilis Garcia
The Bleeding One/Servant/Itys / Elizabeth Jebran
The Pious One / Willow Giannotti-Garlinghouse
The One with Dwindling Dignity / Adrianna Simmons  
The Servant / Thalia Eddyblouin

Bag Policy

No backpacks, laptops, or briefcases are permitted inside CRT theatres. Only bags smaller than 12" x 6" x 12" will be permitted inside. Patrons with over-sized or prohibited items will be asked to return them to their vehicles or discard them. An exception will be made for medically necessary items. Over-sized and prohibited items are unable to be stored at the theatre.