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Bitney Springs’ ‘Tongue of a Bird’ opens

Bitney Springs’ High School Drama Department presents its spring production tonight through Saturday at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

“Tongue of a Bird” by Ellen McLaughlin is a hauntingly lyrical play written by the playwright of the current New York hit “The Persions.” A moving examination of the lives of one girl and four women, the main character Maxine is a search-and-rescue pilot. She is staying with her Polish-American grandmother while searching for a 12- year-old girl who has been abducted by a stranger. In the course of the play, Maxine grapples with the emotions of the missing girl Charlotte and the girl’s single mother, Dessa; the secrets of Maxine’s somewhat distant grandmother Zofia; and the specter of her mother’s ghost, Evie. Bitney Springs’ drama teacher Maggie McKaig directs. Laced with metaphorical imagery, the play covers some very heavy territory. But McLaughlin manages to create a number of brilliantly humorous scenes to lighten the terrain. Due to thematic content and moments of strong language, the play is not appropriate for small children.

Presented at 7:30 p.m. all three nights, the cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students at the door. The Off Center Stage is located at 315 Richardson St. (behind The Center for the Arts). Call 477-1235 for more information.


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