VP 2015 The Birds

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The Birds ran November 6 -21, 2015

Auditions will be Saturday, July 25 1pm – 4pm and Sunday, July 26 1pm – 4pm.

A suspenseful, atmospheric adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s enthralling short story. Mysterious masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned house by the sea and form a bond to survive their haunting new circumstance. With no electricity and scarce food, the tension is palpable and hope is waning. Yet if two is company, three is a crowd, as the sudden arrival of a young woman with a mysterious nature of her own ruffles feathers in the house and quickly threatens to destroy their so-called sanctuary.

  • by Conor McPherson
  • Directed by: Jeffrey J. Albright
  • Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

You may view the full program by clicking here.

The Cast

Jennifer Nagy Lake
John DuVall
Marissa Rex
John Klenk

The Crew

Jeffrey J. Albright
Zac Gilley & Eric Simpson
Stage Manager:
Debbie Marinik
Lighting Design:
Eric Simpson
Lighting Crew:
Debbie Marinik
Sound Designer:
Laura Crawford, Patrick Drummond, & D. Nicholas Hansen
Sound Crew:
Laura Crawford
Props Gatherer:
Dawne Garrett
Costume Designer:
Kate Juhasz
    Assisted by:
Jennifer Ellison
Set Designer:
Rick Bush
Set Builder:
Chris Jagodzinski & Eric Simpson
Set Painters:
Chris Jagodzinski
Set Dresser:
John DuVall
House Manager:
Chris Jagodzinski
Box Office Manager:
Jake Gordy
Box Office, Lobby, & Usher Staff:
Marie Adkins, Carol Ann Allen, Les & Melissa Beland, Gary Blanchard, Sandy Blanchard, Bonnie Brandburg, Judy Breese, Deb Brescol, Janet Butterfield, Evan James Copeland, Connie Darling, Nancy de la Garza, Richard & Lilianne Dockett, Pam Engle, Beth Harp, Darlene Hatfield, Helene Kilcourse, Marilyn Kline, Debbie Krieger, Garry & Marcia Kudlinski, Denise McHue, Jean Mills, Ruth Moeller, Jason Neymeiyer, Sam & Darlene Partin, Rick & Jane Bihn Perse, Gary Peters, Dean Redfield, Jon & Tamara Riggs, Lorenzo Salazar, Vickie Serr, Cheryl Shinover, Harry Shulman, Suzette Skowronski, Bob & Marian Smith, Dr. Rick Szczygielski, Diana West, & Laura Zelenka
Chris Jagodzinski
Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design:
Chris Jagodzinski
Production Logo:
Chris Jagodzinski
Program Printing:
AIM Specialists
Marquee Sign:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski

The Biographies

The Director

VPAD 2015 Woodsman - Jeffrey Albright
Jeffrey J. Albright (Director) is one of the founding members of Actors Collaborative Toledo where he recently appeared in Thom Pain (based on nothing), and Wonder of the World, and directed ACT’s production of An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein. He is also member of Glacity Theatre Collective and recently performed in GTC’s original Junk Box Musical House of Vinyl. He has recently directed the The Village Players’ After Dark production of The Woodsman. In December, he will be appearing in the Toledo Rep’s 30th Anniversary Production of A Christmas Carol at the Valentine Theatre. As always, thanks to Scott. Tonight’s performance is dedicated to the memory of Jennifer Rockwood

The Cast

Jennifer Lake_Birds
Jennifer Nagy Lake (Diane) Jennifer has an extensive résumé spanning over thirty years of comedy, drama, music, and minor league big-time wrestling. Most recently she performed in The JunkBox original musical House of Vinyl, Glacity’s The American Dream and The Sandbox, and as Lady Macbeth in some Shakespeare play. She was last seen on The Village stage in Murder Among Friends directed by Jennifer Rockwood. She is married to The Timothy Lake and is mom to an equally dramatic and beautiful daughter, and spends her days as an independent insurance agent in Perrysburg. Jennifer is quite seriously thrilled to be among such accomplished artists. Thank you.

Jon DuVall_Birds
John DuVall (Nat) is thrilled to be back on stage at The Village. Last season, he was Morris in The Heiress, and Reggie in Quartet. John would like to dedicate this show to his close friend and frequent director—Jennifer Rockwood. Two favorites quotes of hers “acting, shmacting. Just be pretty” and “a good director casts well so she can sit and drink wine”. She was a force of nature, and her impact still resounds through the Toledo theatre community.

Marisa Rex_Birds
Marissa Rex (Julia) is thrilled to perform in her 6th production at The Village. Recent area productions include: The Heiress (Catherine) and Impossible Marriage (Floral) with The Village; Blithe Spirit (Ruth), The Laramie Project, I Hate Hamlet (Deirdre), and Inventing van Gogh (Hallie) with The Rep; and The Mousetrap (Mollie) with The Valentine Studio A Theatre. When not indulging her love of the stage, Marissa works as an elementary school counselor. Marissa would like to thank the entire Birds team for helping bring this story to life, her family for supporting and understanding her passion for theatre, and Justin and Jack for loving her for the character she is, as well as the many she has become over the years. Enjoy the show!

John Klenk_Birds
John Klenk (Tierney) Native Toledoan John F. Klenk returns to the stage after his recent performances in An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein and Rapture, Blister, Burn. John made his theatrical debut in Anchorage, Alaska in 2009. He has also appeared in several films and TV commercials. In his spare time, John enjoys painting, sculpting, and tequila.