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Birds of a Kind

Birds of a Kind
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by: Linda Gaboriau
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
# of Pages: 128
Pub. Date: 2019
ISBN-10: 1770919902
ISBN-13: 9781770919907

About the Play:

Birds of a Kind (English-language version of Tous des oiseaux) is a play by Wajdi Mouawad, translated by Linda Gaboriau. Is it really important to cling to our lost identities? In this sweeping new drama from the prolific Wajdi Mouawad, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hits close to home as a straight-laced family is forced to confront everything they know about their identities.

Birds of a Kind follows a German/Israeli family driven by conflict when the geneticist son wants to marry an Arab-American woman who is doing her doctoral dissertation on Hassan al-Wazzan/Leo Africanus, the subject of Trickster Travels. Wahida, a Moroccan-American graduate student, and Eitan, a young Israeli-German genetic researcher, fall in love in New York City. They travel together to Israel to meet Eitan's estranged grandmother – who holds the key to a long-buried family secret. But a terrorist attack in Jerusalem puts Eitan in a coma, while his girlfriend Wahida is left to uncover his family secret that brought them to Israel in the first place. Since Eitan's parents erupted at a Passover meal when they realized Wahida was not Jewish, he has harboured a suspicion about his heritage that, if true, could change everything. Weaving together multiple languages and divergent worlds of experience, this powerful contemporary drama probes to the very heart of who we are – or think we are.

Tous des oiseaux premiered in 2017 in Paris, where it received great praise, winning the prestigious Grand Prix de la Critique. Birds of a Kind, the English-language adaptation of Tous des oiseaux, received its premiere in 2019 at the Stratford Festival Studio Theatre in Stratford, Ontario.

Cast: 4 women, 5 men

About the Playwright:

Wajdi Mouawad is a Quebec-based Lebanese-Canadian playwright. In the introduction of his internationally popular play Scorched, he is described as "Lebanese in his childhood, French in his way of thinking and Québécois in his theatre. That's what happens when you spend your childhood in Beirut, your adolescence in Paris and then try to become an adult in Montréal." Since graduating from the French section of the National Theatre School of Canada in 1991 he has written, adapted, translated and directed stage plays for audiences of all ages. His foremost sources of inspiration are childhood, war and exile.