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If We Were Birds ()

Produced by

Groundwater Productions and Tarragon Theatre

Playwright: Erin Shields
Director: Alan Dilworth


Tarragon Theatre – Mainspace


April 14 - 20, 2010


April 21st, 2010 – May 23rd, 2010

Awards & Nominations

2010 Dora Award Winner – Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role (Tara Rosling)

2010 Dora Award Nominee – Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Play (Erin Shields), Outstanding Direction (Alan Dilworth)


A vivid re-imagining of Ovid’s myth. Procne, daughter of the King of Athens, marries the triumphant war hero Tereus and returns with him to Thrace, leaving her beloved sister Philomela behind. Procne begs her husband to reunite the sisters. Desire triumphs over reason igniting a chain of shattering events. (


Philippa Domville Procne
David Fox King Pandion
Barbara Gordon The One With Dwindling Dignity
Stephanie Jung The Young One
Daniela Lama The Pregnant One
Shannon Perreault The Bleeding One
Geoffrey Pounsett King Tereus
Karen Robinson The Pious One
Tara Rosling Philomela

Creative Team

Erin Shields Playwright
Alan Dilworth Director
Jung-Hye Kim Set Designer
Jung-Hye Kim Costume Designer
Kimberly Purtell Lighting Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Kristina Nicoll Assistant Director
Simon Fon Fight Director


Allyson McMackon Movement Coach
Kristen Kitcher Stage Manager
Shelby-Jai Flick Apprentice Stage Manager
Julia Pileggi Script Coordinator
Cylla von Tiedemann Photography
Shawn Squires Graphic Designer
Amelia Bērziņš Assistant Head of Wardrobe
Amanda White Assistant Head Scenic Artist
Lokki Ma Assistant Head of Props
Natalie Tsang Props Assistant
Anna Treusch Props Assistant
Kevin Winson Lighting Crew
Nick Rose Lighting Crew
David Johnson Lighting Crew
David DeGrow Lighting Crew
Michael Bernard Lighting Crew
Joey Morin Lighting Crew
J. Louis Berenguer Carpentry Crew
Kevin Winson Carpentry Crew
Nick Rose Carpentry Crew
David Johnson Carpentry Crew
Michael Bernard Carpentry Crew


Sarah “Pip” Bradford Mainspace Technician
Michael Freeman Production Manager
Paul Fujimoto-Pihl Technical Director
Lindsay Walker Head of Properties
Lindsay Anne Black Head Scenic Artist
Ian Chappell Head Carpenter
Michelle Bailey Head of Wardrobe