What the Birds Carry
By Elizabeth Gjelten
The world premiere of What the Birds Carry by Elizabeth Gjelten opened at The Pear Avenue Theatre on July 8, 2005. Directed by Virginia Reed; starring Avondine Wills, Chris Rodgers, Laurie Schroeder, Lance Gardner, Ian Waker.
A lyrical, searing play about the half-life of war, the unruly persistence of love, and a shag carpet that swallows things. An invasion to protect oil interests. A shocking abuse of prisoners. But it's 1914, when an unlikely alliance between writer-socialist Jack London and a young Captain Douglas MacArthur produces a searing examination of betrayal and ambition. Timely, haunting and provocative.