The Morning Bird by Colleen Wagner
Beth and her husband Jake are expecting a baby. While Beth is having an ultrasound, her very expensive hand-sewn Italian-made coat disappears from the hospital waiting room. Beth is furious—the coat which was a honeymoon gift from Jake has become a symbol of the couple’s destiny together and it’s loss now takes on inordinate significance. The next time they see the coat, it’s being worn by Doreen, a homeless woman who is mentally unstable. Beth is near-hysterical about the theft, feeling that her private life has been violated. She becomes paranoid that Doreen is stalking her and begins to fear for her unborn baby. In effect, Beth wants Doreen to disappear from the face of the earth. As the characters’ lives become more closely entwined, the line between reality and fiction blurs. We step into a shadowy world where fantasies erupt: people morph into other selves. They steal babies, prescribe hysterectomies, and kill one another. Each of them will have to confront the shadow side of themselves before being able to hear the song of the morning bird.
Year Printed: 2009
First Produced: 2005 at Notable Acts Theatre Festival, Fredericton, NB
Running TIme: 90 minutes
Male Cast: 2
Female Cast: 2.