Theater for the New City
Birds on Fire
Written and Directed by Barbara Kahn
Featuring: Zoe Anastassiou, Robert Gonzales, Jr., Gusta Johnson, Tommy Kearney, Benjamin Pike, Anna Podolak, Sarah Shankman, Allison Tartalia, Noelle Tate, Brian F. Waite, Amanda Yachechak.
TNC is a member of: Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
Historical Background of the Play
Birds on Fire tells what might have been the lives of the four unknown victims of the Triangle Factory Fire. Two women, childhood friends from Eastern Europe in America for five years, have dreams of a better life beyond the factory. They help a recent arrival from Eastern Europe who tries hard to adjust to her new and difficult life in America. The young Italian seaman who helped her on the dock jumps ship to find this woman he loved “at first sight.” The lives of these four converge in the Triangle Factory. They work hard, play hard during their precious hours of relaxation and share their hopes, dreams and love. The tragic fire that is the climax of the play steals from them their future as well as their past.
Partial funding by The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation of Palm Springs, CA.