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Cost

Free

Date & Venue

In person at Playwrights' Center

Monday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Video available online

November 20 - November 26

Over the span of 24 hours in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, a close-knit birding group is turned upside down when some of its members see a rare bird and some don’t. A comedy that explores the complexities of loss, the power of wonder, and how to move on after missing out.

Developed at the South Carolina New Play Festival.

From Mat

Last fall, on a whim, I joined a birding group through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I didn’t expect it to change the way I look at the world. I’m now easily and happily distracted by birds whenever I’m outside. All of my friends send me blurry cell phone photos and ask: ‘What is this bird!?’ I can’t get enough. I’ve found birding and birders to be endlessly fascinating and hilarious – and I hope to bring that to life onstage with this play.

Mat Smart

The playwright
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based inBrooklyn, NY
Mat Smart—Plays include Kill Local (La Jolla Playhouse, nominated for Outstanding New Play by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle), The Agitators: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass (Geva; Park Square; Gloucester Stage Company; Mosaic; Pure; West of Lenin; upcoming at Remy Bumppo; Phoenix; Theatre Horizon; Riverside; Falcon Theatre), The Royal Society of Antarctica (Gift Theatre, recipient of the 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work in Chicago; Stage West), Samuel J. and K. (Williamstown Theatre Festival; Steppenwolf; Passage Theatre; upcoming at Gremlin), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre; Huntington), Naperville (Slant Theatre Project, Critics' Pick in The New York Times; Theatre Wit), and Tinker to Evers to Chance (Geva; Merrimack Rep; Artistry). Upcoming world premieres include Eden Prairie, 1971 at Raven Theatre. Mat has received two Jerome Fellowships, a McKnight Advancement Grant, to Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards, and was the recipient of the 2014 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Center for the Arts. An avid traveler and baseball fan, he has been to all of the states, all of the continents, and all of the current MLB stadiums. Undergrad: University of Evansville. MFA: UCSD.