Scott Ebersold '15 directs Adam Szymkowicz's '04 new play

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Alumnus Scott Ebersold ‘15 directed the world premiere of alumnus Adam Szymkowicz’s ‘04 Rare Birds, presented by Red Fern Theater Company at The 14th Street Y Theatre.
Rare Birds tells the story of Evan Wills, high schooler with a passion for bird watching that brings him unwanted attention at school. At home, his mother aspires for Evan to be a normal kid and for him to get along with her new boyfriend. But when a bully learns that Evan has a crush, he decides to take things even farther.
Praised as "one of the leading theatrical voices of his generation" by New York Press and "someone to watch" by TheaterMania, Szymkowicz's plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, Greece, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Slovenia and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group. Published plays include Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, Clown Bar, The Why Overhead, Deflowering Waldo, Adventures of Super Margaret, and Nerve. Szymkowicz has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Texas State University, The NOLA Project, and Flux Theater Ensemble, and has interviewed over 900 playwrights on his blog. He is currently the Literary Manager at Juilliard.
Ebersold is a theatre director and recent Artistic Associate of Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company. His directing credits include The View UpStairs by Max Vernon at the Lynne Redgrave Theater, Charles L. Mee's trilogy Imperial Dreams for Classic Stage Company's First Look Festival, Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day for Columbia Stages at the Connelly Theater and Children at Play by Jordan Seavey with CollaborationTown. Ebersold is Founding Artistic Director of Packawallop Productions and alum of Lincoln Center Theater's Director's Lab and the Tectonic Theater's Literary Department.
The Red Fern Theatre Company was founded in 2006 with a mission to provoke social awareness and change through theatrical productions and outreach. A portion of the proceeds from each play produced is donated to a different philanthropic organization. It is a resident company at the Theater at the 14th Street Y.

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