The Conference of the Birds: A Colorful Persian Fable Takes Flight
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This warmhearted, humorous play that won Alfred Uhry the 1988 Pulitzer looks at the unexpected friendship between a fiercely independent Southern white woman and her African-American chauffeur. It's 1948, and after Daisy, an elderly Jewish widow who lives in Atlanta, has a driving mishap in which her automobile is demolished, her son hires Hoke Colburn to be her driver. Initially resistant, Miss Daisy gradually starts to accept Hoke over time, and an unlikely friendship begins to grow between the two. Ultimately a sweet tale of the transformative power of true friendship, the play also touches on the racism and prejudice that permeated the South at the time. Acclaimed Washington stage actors Nancy Robinette (called the Meryl Streep of Washington theater) and Craig Wallace return to Ford's to perform in this beloved classic. Learn More
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I was very disappointed with the way this beautiful work of art by Farid ud Din Attar was so distastefully represented. It was quite crude, and seemed to cater to an audience which they deemed to be unappreciative of the classic work of a 13th...continued
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“A beautiful mash-up of music, physical theater … and ancient Persian poetry.” —”Washington Post_":http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/play-review-the-conference-of-the-birds-at-the-folger-theatre/2012/10/30/8e512cfc-21f6-11e2-92f8-7f9c4daf276astory.html
Stage version by Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook
Based on the poem by Farid Uddi Attar
Directed by Aaron Posner
Original music performed by Tom Teasley
A theatrical adventure soars in this poignant 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine.
“The Conference of the Birds is equal parts hero’s quest, moral fable, tall tale, adventure story, religious parable, buddy movie, and poetic flight of fancy,” says director Aaron Posner. “It is an astonishing work, and, hopefully, unlike anything you have likely ever seen before.”
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