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Photograph: Louise Haywood-SchieferConor McPherson

Griffin Theatre Company goes to The Birds

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Kris Vire
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For its next act, Griffin Theatre Company will stage the Chicago premiere of Conor McPherson's The Birds this summer.

The Irish playwright's 2009 work is inspired by the same Daphne DuMaurier story of winged attackers as Alfred Hitchcock's film, though like Hitchcock, McPherson use DuMaurier as a jumping off point for a tale that departs from the original, with three strangers coming together to hide from the birds in an abandoned seaside house.

Kevin Kingston will direct The Birds, set to run June 6–July 19 at Theater Wit, with casting to be announced. Griffin's current show, Jonathan Berry's outstanding, five-star staging of Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead, continues through April 19 at the Den Theatre.

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