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The Secret Life of Birds

Staged Reading Sunday, March 1 at 5:00 pm

A Canada goose egg rolls down a sloped roof, crack, splat, ‘welcome home’ says the mountain cabin where Vee and
Etta’s mother died yesterday, welcome to the missing inheritance, the spectral ancestors, the hopelessly scrambled relationships. 

Vee’s first love, Charlie, married her twin Etta 30 years ago. Etta cracked early on and, rather than taking her rightful place on the concert stage, teaches violin to children. Frankie, Vee’s new lover, threatens Etta’s twintuitive hold, and Charlie, oh, Charlie, Charlie doubts whether he married the right twin. In a gaggle of insecurities and threats, sins of omission and commission, each character shatters memories and beliefs, each risks profound loss in the hope of fully binding to each other. 

Playwright, composer, lyricist, director, Broadway actor/singer, tech writer/editor, journalist, and all-round energetic sort, Deborah Magid is a member of the Cleveland Play House Playwrights’ Unit, a Cleveland Public Theatre Artist (7 consecutive years), and is attached to three other Cleveland, Ohio theaters, has served on the ICWP Board of Directors, founded SWAN Day-CLE, and is a Dramatists’ Guild member. Over the seven short years she has been writing, her works have been produced, workshopped, and read worldwide, and comprise long, short, drama, comedy, SciFi, musical, rock opera, chamber opera, and RICHARD WAGNER'S ENTIRE RING CYCLE IN 10 MINUTES WITH SOCK PUPPETS.