Birds of a Feather
SYNOPSIS: While on vacation with her grandma in Hawaii, junior birdwatcher Sarah makes a new friend in Violet who introduces her to the world of the Laysan albatross, a native species of bird that has a different kind of family from many others. Violet suggests they create and act out a story about Makani and Kainoa, two albatross who are working together to hatch an egg. Through their exploration they learn about compromise, believing in yourself and that family – in all its varieties – is made up of the people who love you. The birds rejoice when their egg finally hatches and the play concludes with Sarah hugging her grandma tight, secure in the knowledge that her family is the perfect one for her.
Illustration by Claudia Dávila
Video of the 2017 production of Birds of a Feather, featuring Bria McLaughlin and Michaela Di Cesare, by Endless Films.
Nominated for 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (Robert Watson) and for 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance (Bria McLaughlin)
Recommended for Grades K-4
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Drama, Social Studies
Character Education Connections: Cooperation, Friendship, Teamwork
Themes: Family, Diversity, Imagination, Identity