BIRDER at The Road on Lankershim



The Road Theatre Company
In Association with Center Theatre Group
Presents the World Premiere of


By Julie Marie Myatt
Directed by Dan Bonnell

Opens Fri, Apr 29 at 8PM
Performances Fri 8PM, Sat 8PM, Sun 2PM


“Birder […] explores human need and the perils of responsibility much as one might explore the woods in search of mysterious birds — with great delicacy.” – Stage Raw

“WOW! Under Dan Bonnell’s nuanced direction, an all-around terrific cast give Birder the kind of Grade-A World Premiere production that has become a Road Theatre hallmark.”Stage Scene LA

“Roger [played by Chet Grissom] maintains a disarming boyish charisma as he chronicles how the growing appreciation of birds hiding in plain sight among us come to represent everything else that’s missing from his life.” – L.A. Times

“Birder is a brilliant, highly imaginative and fascinating depiction of a life in crisis… It examines our need for silence and peace in our overloaded and undervalued lives and what happens when we are all too busy to notice that we are falling apart.”

“Needs to be seen…. The director and cast… inhabit Myatt’s words in such a naturalistic and understated fashion that one could forget it is a play and imagine eaves-dropping on a conversation anywhere, even at home.”Tolucan Times



BIRDER follows middle-aged accountant Roger, who, upon discovering a house finch nesting outside his home in Los Feliz, finds himself forced to question his most basic assumptions about what it means to be a father, husband, and breadwinner. But do his avian explorations represent a deep search for meaning, or just a city-dweller’s mid-life crisis? This funny, moving world premiere by Jerome Fellow and award-winning playwright Julie Marie Myatt explores the human need for silence, as Roger finds both terror and solace in Los Angeles’ unique urban ecology.


The Road on Lankershim
Inside the Historic Lankershim Arts Center
5108 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601


Crash Buist as TODD
Monique Gelineau as REBECCA
Chet Grissom as ROGER
Laurie Okin as JOYCE
Webster Williams as CHARLES