Yellow Bird Chase

Yellow Bird Chase is available for touring!

Contact us at info@liarsandbelievers.com for more info.

A clownish maintenance crew finds a magical yellow bird, and a mad chase begins. Racing over land, across the sea, and through the air – battling pirates, monsters, and terrible pop songs – how far will our heroes go? Take a leap into a world of imagination, where birds are magic and everyday folks find friendship and love. Join Liars & Believers on an adventure of masks, puppets, and gibberish.

Yellow Bird Chase is appropriate for the whole family and is fully accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

Join us for free puppetry workshops after the performance. Learn how anything you see can take on a life of its own!

50 min with no intermission

ARTISTIC TEAM

DIRECTOR (2015 & 2017) - Jason Slavick

Jason Slavick is the Artistic Director of Liars & Believers. He is a director, writer and educator. For the LAB, he conceived and directed Who Would Be King, Yellow Bird Chase, and ICARUS, which premiered in Cambridge, played Outside The Box in Boston and made an acclaimed New York debut at the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival (honorable mention for book and design). Jason directed 28 Seeds, he co-wrote and directed, Song of Songs: a LoveRomp, and wrote and directed Le Cabaret Grimm: a punk cabaret fairy tale {sans fairies}, which premiered in Boston and played at the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival (best featured performer and best design, honorable mention for choreography). Jason also directed the LAB’s experimental project, Talk to Strangers. Jason wrote and directed Heaven & Hell: The Fantastical Temptation of the 7 Deadly Sins, a musical excursion commissioned by The Boston Conservatory. As a company member of Boston Theatre Works, Jason directed Othello (Elliot Norton Award nominated for Best Production and Best Actor), The Tempest, Antony & Cleopatra, and Macbeth. He developed and directed Emily Mann’s critically acclaimed Meshugah, Olga Humphrey’s Veronika Vavoom Volcanologist, and his own play J: a one-act improvised tragi-comedy. He also directed numerous developmental workshops and readings including Joyce Carol Oates’ The Tattooed Girl. Jason has directed throughout New England, in Tel Aviv, and in Philadelphia. Besides the shows above, Jason has written and directed The Golem, Icaphish, and Alice: a Grotesque Turn in Twelve Scenes. Jason has taught at colleges and schools throughout New England. He earned his MFA in directing from The Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, where he was awarded the inaugural Pell Scholar Award.

There he had the great fortune to work with Oskar Eustis, Brian Kulick, and Kevin Moriarity. Jason also studied at the Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre, the Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute, and the Warsaw Theatre Academy in Warsaw, Poland.

COSTUME DESIGNER (2015 & 2017) - Kendra Bell
Kendra spends her daytime making beautiful things at Costume Works in Somerville. Before settling at Costume Works, she has worked for Huntington Theater Company, Stonehill College, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, and Hubbard Street Dance. Some of her design work includes Song of Songs (LAB), The Fantasticks (Prometheus), Cosi Fan Tutte (Millikin University), and Peter (Braintree Films). She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Millikin University and a MFA in Theatrical Design from Rutgers University.
PUPPETRY DIRECTION & DESIGN (2015 & 2017) - Penny Benson
Penny Benson is a visual and performing artist / puppeteer and actor (AEA) with over 100 performance credits. She and her work have been seen nationally and internationally, from Canada to China. She most recently appeared in her original short Black Birds, Red Hills, in conjunction with Juventas New Music Ensemble at Oberon in Cambridge. Prior to that Penny designed puppets for the Jean’s Playhouse national tour of Christmas Carol, which are currently on display at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs, CT. Her original MFA production, Goblin Market, premiered at Connecticut Repertory Theatre in March 2014, for which she served as playwright, puppet designer/builder, and co-director. Penny toured nationally with Underground Railway Theatre in How Do You Spell Hope and Are You Ready My Sister, designed and built masks and puppets forKRIK KRAK, and collaborated on Arabian Nights, Sila, Harriet Jacobs, Tru Grace, and Galileo. She has also designed and built puppets / masks for WHAT, TYG Productions, and Foreign Landscape Productions. Penny has served as a visiting teaching artist for URT, The Huntington Theatre, UMass Amherst, Babson College, and City Stage, and was a STARS grant Artist in Residence at Boston Day and Evening Academy. Penny continues to design, build, devise and direct theater and puppetry for productions originating in the Boston area.
SCENIC DESIGNER (2015) - Marc Ewart
Marc Ewart has worked in many departments of theatre production throughout his education and start of his career. He attended Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH where he graduated in 2005 cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in directing. During his four years at F.P.C. he performed in many productions while also working in the costume and prop shop. There he appeared in productions of You Can’t Take It With You, The Laramie Project, Vertical Talking, Blood Brothers, and The Death of Don Juan. In 2003 he was honored to be a cast member in … but the rain is full of ghosts by Robert Lawson, which attended the American College Theatre National Festival and performed on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has worked on many productions around Boston in many different departments including stage management, carpentry, set design, lighting design, costume design, and also selling tickets in the box office. He currently works freelance technical theatre and ushering in the Boston area. He is also the site manager of Pioneer Village: Salem 1630 in Salem, MA. He attributes much of his success in technical theatre to owning a pick-up truck.
SCENIC DESIGN AND PROPS (2017) - Rebecca Lehrhoff
LIGHTING DESIGNER (2017) - PJ Strachman
PJ Strachman has recently designed Bad Habit’s The Real Inspector Hound, How Soft the Lining, A Man of No Importance, Speech and Debate, Six Degrees of Separation, The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia, Orlando, Translations, and Top Girls, Flat Earth’s Silent Sky, Gloucester Stage Company’s Every Christmas Story Ever Told and Dueling Divas,Unreliable Narrator’s Ultimate Things, Wax Wings’ The Man from Willow’s Brook, Kevin Cirone’s Creative License, Whistler in the Dark’s After-Dinner Joke, Our Country’s Good, Vinegar Tom, Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid, and Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth (Hubby Award, Best Design), F.U.D.G.E.’s Merrily We Roll Along, City of Angels, Jack the Ripper, Assassins, and Spring Awakening (IRNE nomination, Best Lighting)Blue Spruce’s Faerie Tales, Once on This Island (BroadwayWorld.com winner, Best Lighting Design) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, imaginary beasts’ Macbett, and many other area shows. She is the regular designer for Gann Academy and Stonehill College, including two ACTF regional selections.  Photos of her work can be seen at www.pjelex.com.
PRODUCER (2017) - Becca Leifer
Becca Leifer is a director, designer, stage manager, producer, and theatre educator in the Greater Boston area. Becca earned a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University in New York and a BA in Bible Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Previous credits include: Who Would Be King (LAB, NYC & Philadelphia) Le Cabaret Grimm (LAB), Marisol (Columbia University), Caligula (Time Square Arts Center), The How and The Why (One Bird Productions).
PRODUCER (2017) - Rachel Hock
Rachel Hock is the founding Artistic Associate of Liars & Believers. She produced the LAB’s three coLABs, Talk to Strangers, Interference, and Lunar Labyrinth. She also co-produced with Johnny Blazes the HubBUB pre-show of Le Cabaret Grimm. She received a BA in English from the University of Rochester. She is also a writer, and by day she is a personal assistant/superhero.

CAST

CAPITANO MARCO CANTOLOP DEL POTRUDO (2015 & 2017) - Jesse Garlick
Jesse Garlick is a theatre maker and educator located in Boston. Previous Liars & Believers credits include Who Would Be KingYellow Bird Chase and Talk to Strangers. Off-Broadway credits include Good (PTP/NYC). Regional credits include GoodAssassins (New Repertory Theatre), Journey to the WestArcadia (Central Square Theatre), Beowulf (Poets Theatre), Salome (Bridge Repertory Company), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Classic Repertory Company). Jesse is also a faculty member at the ECI department at Boston Ballet and is the freshman drama teacher at Newton South High School. He received his BFA in Acting from Boston University and has studied at the Dell’Arte Program in Arezzo, Italy.
STARZETTE CLOTHILDE MEOWBOBIN (2015) - Poornima Kirby
Poornima is thrilled to be working with Liars & Believers! Her area credits include Titania – Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hermione – The Winter’s Tale (Bay Colony Shakespeare); Nia/Sarah – Voices of We (333 Productions); Beatrice – Much Ado About Nothing (Bay Colony Shakespeare); Cecily – Importance of Being Earnest (Moonbox); Hairy Tales and Little Giants (Imaginary Beasts); Faustus – Dr. Faustus (Waxwings); Juliet – Romeo & Juliet (ShakespeareNow); Mrs. De Winter – Sleep No More (A.R.T.); Mariana – Measure for Measure (Shakespeare & Co.); and Aramintha – Daughter of Venus (W.H.A.T.). Poornima is also a teacher, public speaking coach, and writer whose work has been featured at Cultura Dello Spirito, an international arts festival in Italy. She studied at LAMDA, and holds a B.A. in Drama from Vassar College.
MADGE (2015) - Kiki Samko
KIKI SAMKO makes her Liars & Believers debut! She is a Boston-based performer, choreographer, and voiceover artist, and a proud artistic associate with imaginary beasts and board member with Happy Medium Theatre. Kiki received the 2013 Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress (Small/Fringe) for her work with HMT in Dog Sees God. Other recent credits include: Dying City and Language of Angels (Happy Medium Theatre), Betty Bam! and Winter Panto 2015: Kerplop! (imaginary beasts), and Party Time (Theatre on Fire). She is a fashionista, fitness enthusiast, and feminist who loves using the body to create, connect, and collaborate. She also loves wine, the power of female friendship, the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity, and her artistic/romantic/life partner Michael.
RUFFLES FEATHERBOTTOM (2017) - Rebecca Lehrhoff
Rebecca Lehrhoff (Ruffles Featherbottom, Props & Scenic Design) is a LAB company member based in Somerville MA whose work ranges from acting, theater devising and dance to set design, art installation and mural painting. Rebecca first appeared in a LAB production dancing Butoh in the company’s co-LAB, Interference. She’s also been a part of LAB’s production of Who Would Be King, taking the show from ART’s Oberon to the Philly Fringe and most recently to Ars Nova’s Theater 511. Last spring she appeared at the BCA Gala performing in LAB’s two-person silent mask piece, built for the occasion. Rebecca holds a MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a B.S. inTheater from Skidmore College. Previous acting credits include: The Princess & The Pea, (Imaginary Beasts), Beowulf, (Poets’ Theatre), Sacred Spaces Redux(Exchange Artists), Enigma Variations, (Flat Earth Theater), The Good Woman of Setzuan, (Fort Point Theater Channel), King Arthur, (Poets’ Theater), Beck: Song Reader(Chimera Lab Dance Theater). Select scenic design credits include: How Soft the Lining (Bad Habit Productions), From the Sea to Somewhere Else (Flotsam Productions), The Farnsworth Invention (Flat Earth Theater- IRNE Award- Best Fringe Show), Polish Joke(Titanic Theater Company), and Chalk (Fresh Ink Theater).
POODGE (2017) - Glen Moore
As an artistic ensemble member with Liars & Believers, Glen Moore played Saul in Who Would Be King, which he helped devise over the course of 2015. He was last seen in the New England Regional Premiere as Gene in The Last Schwartz with Gloucester Stage Company. Boston area credits include; BLINDERS (Flat Earth Theatre), The Importance of Being Ernest (Moonbox Productions), Of Mice and Men (Boston Children’s Theatre), CLOSER (Bad Habit Productions), Of Mice and Men (Moonbox), The Time of My Life (Zeitgeist Stage Company),  And Nither Had I Wings to Fly (BHP),  Arcadia (BHP), Eurydice (Independent Drama Society) Regional Theatre; Speech And Debate (Curious Theatre Company). He holds a B.A. in acting from The University of Northern Colorado and also studied briefly at The National Theatre Conservatory. Glen is an Equity Membership Candidate with AEA and has worked as an acting coach in Boston and Denver both privately and with Model and Talent Management Agency. He would like to thank his friends and family for all their support.
POODGE (MAY 11-14, 2017) - Rachel Wiese
Rachel Wiese, LAB Artistic Associate: Who Would Be King. Regional: Metamorphoses, and Wildflowers (Zach Theatre). Boston area: Beowulf (Poet’s Theatre). Austin area: Lifelines and Hometeam (Vetworks), Sacred Space Redux and A Streetcar Straight to Hell (The Exchange Artists), Frankenstein and The Jungle (Trouble Puppet Theatre), Marvelous Things, People Will Talk About You Sometimes, and Her Little Prince (Poison Apple Initiative), Oceana (The Vortex). Filmography at imdb.com. She is also the Producing Artistic Director of The Exchange Artists, exchangeartists.org.
VOCALS (LUMINATI, 2017) - Johnny Blazes
Johnny Blazes is a performer, educator, and author who is notorious for their exuberant and glittery approach to the stage and classroom. Johnny has toured the US extensively with their solo theater piece, wo(n)man show, and has directed over a dozen full-length theatrical circus shows in collaboration with OCircus!, The ExtraTerrestrial Circus, and the Boston Circus Guild. Their work at Esh Circus Arts in Somerville includes teaching theater, clowning, dance, and act-creation, and co-ordinating both the youth program and the pre-professional adult programs. Johnny’s collaborative work with artist KD Diamond can be found published in Gender Outlaws 2: The Next Generation, and their work with artist David Brown can be found in Encounters With Contact. Johnny also fronts a horn-heavy, queerly-lyrical funk/soul band called Johnny Blazes and The Pretty Boys. Their debut album, Soul Vernacular, is available for download at www.johnnyblazes.com.
BASS (LUMINATI, 2017) - Brendan Higgins
Brenna Higgins is a musician and librarian based in Somerville. In addition to performing with Luminati, he works as a freelance bassist and woodwinds performer for local theater groups, community choirs, and the occasional rock band. Outside his performing duties, he works as a librarian and archivist for the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He received an MA in Music History from Tufts University and a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College. This is his first show working with Liars & Believers.
TROMBONE (LUMINATI, 2017) - Tim Lewandowski
Tim Lewandowski has played everywhere from the Cutler Majestic Theater (Christmas Celtic Sojourn) to tiny Toad (Baker Thomas Band). He can always make his trombone sound dirtier and messier, if needed.

Behind the Scenes

HISTORY

July 2015 – Yellow Bird Chase was comissioned by and premiered at the Outside the Box Festival in Boston.

The creation of Yellow Bird Chase was also supported by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

May 2017 – Yellow Bird Chase played a longer version with live music in collaboration with Luminati – featuring Johnny Blazes. It was presented at the Boston Center for the Arts as part of our Artist Residency.

Summer 2017 – Yellow Bird Chase played free performances at The Cambridge Riverfest, Magazine Beach, and Danehy Park. It then toured to the Stonington Opera House in Deer Isle, Maine.