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Spotlight on ‘Chicken Play’ director Brittney Brady


brittney-brady-01The Chicken Play opens for a limited run of four performances beginning November 12 at the Happehatchee Center in Estero. Starring Leila Mesdaghi, Kaleena Rivera, Megan Shindler and Paulo Leon Silva with music by Philip Heubeck, Victor Ballo, Kaleena Rivera and Leila Mesdaghi and masks by local artist Cesar Aguilera, The Chicken Play is directed by Ghostbird Theatre founder Brittney Brady.

Brittney Brady is now in her fifth season as the Producing Artistic Director of Ghostbird Theatre Company. Brady grew up in Cape Coral, Florida and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she studied Theatre and English. FGCU brittney-brady-03TheatreLab produced two of her plays, Paler than Grass (2011) and Monty and the Bat Shaman (2012). For Ghostbird’s inaugural season, Brady directed María Irene Fornés’ Mud,  James Brock’s, The Pumpkin Grower, and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. Since then, she has directed August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, James Brock’s Because Beauty Must Be Broken Daily, Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries, Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano, her own original adaptation of Maxence Fermine’s Snow, Anne Carson’s Antigonick (which was performed at artist Marcus Jansen’s UNIT A Contemporary Art Space), and Samuel Beckett’s Rockaby.

brittney-brady-05Most recently, Brady partnered with fellow Ghostbird founding members Jim Brock, Katelyn Gravel and Philip Heubeck on Tracing Ghosts, a collaborative performance crafted in conjunction with the Quest for Permanence exhibition displayed in the Art Gallery at FGCU from May 19 through June 23, 2016. A combination of poetry, live soundscapes and movement, the 30 minute performance reflected on the nature of temporality and the way our memories reshape and redefine what was once the present moment.

ghostbird-06Brady has been awarded two Individual Artists Grants from the City of Fort Myers.

Ghostbird Theatre Company’s mission is to engage, inspire, and educate the Southwest Florida theater community by producing works that move audiences toward a poetic sense of the world. “Our goal is to create a theatre of images and sounds, theatre that is beautiful, provocative and a little bit magical,” Ghostbird states on its website. While Ghostbird was founded as the resident theatre company of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in brittney-brady-04Downtown Fort Myers, it has “taken flight” this year, “mounting four site-specific theatrical pieces throughout Lee County, two of them free and open to the general public.”


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