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artistic team


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Marcus McQuirter

Jai Auzenne

Desiree Humphries

Mark Novick

Robert S. Fisher

Theada Haining


by R. Eric Thomas

March 3 - 26, 2023

Thursday-Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday, March 5, 12, 19 at 5 pm
Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm

directed by
Marcus McQuirter

NIGHTBIRD was commissioned by InterAct Theatre Company with funding from National New Play Network.



Join us for the world premiere of this topical, witty, and thought-provoking new play.

Chelle, an artist, has recently purchased her childhood home in Baltimore; her brother Willard is working on refurbishing it. But the home renovation takes a backseat as Willard prepares for a Juneteenth festival in the adjacent park and Chelle struggles with a recent commission: What should be built in place of a recently removed Confederate monument? An eyesore. And an opportunity.

Nightbird is recommended for ages 13 and up and contains some strong language.

Children under 5 are not permitted.

run dates & times

Thursday - Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 5pm

Sunday, March 26 is at 2pm.

Fully masked audience performance is Sunday, March 5. Audiences attending this performance will be required to wear a mask during the show.

All other performances are currently mask-recommended. 

Group discounts are available for groups of 10 and up.



in the news

Playwright R. Eric Thomas appeared on CBS' We Are Austin to discuss his inspiration behind writing Nightbird and his experience in the rehearsal room at Austin Playhouse.

Click here to watch the interview!

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Hollis L. Edwards III

Taji Senior

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art exhibition

RichesArt Gallery partners with Austin Playhouse to extend its featured 2-month long exhibition, American History Vol. 2, dedicated to Black Art and the Black History that helped shape America. The exhibition will be displayed in the Austin Playhouse lobby for the duration of the world premiere of Nightbird by R. Eric Thomas.

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