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A Murder of Crows

A Murder of Crows

A Murder of Crows
by Mac Wellman
August 28-September 13, 2008
Midtown Art Center

A Murder of Crows satirizes a family struck down by the toxic winds of pollution. In a world where the air's “mustardy”, and the ocean is so polluted it looks like a bowl of custard, young Susannah reels from the death of her father, killed under a pile of radioactive chicken droppings. With her brother slowly turning into a statue in the garden and fed up with the rest of her greedy, vulgar family, Susannah finally follows her dead father's advice and leaves to live with the crows.

"Eighty loopy minutes long, A Murder of Crows is containable in size, but joyously chaotic in substance, structure, story, and style; it's like opening a wristwatch box and finding one of Dali's melted jobs inside." - The Village Voice

“Using language as beautiful and grotesque as the Old Testament, The Book of Mormon, and the works of L. Ron Hubbard, Wellman's stories, of course, take place in America, a place best suited for extremism and violent beauty.” - The Portland Mercury

"Wellman paint(s) the denizens of a Capra-like Midwestern hamlet as Goya-like grotesqueries who are just as complicit in America’s forthcoming fatted demise as they are victims of it… The playwright’s startling visual metaphors are resonant.” - Time Out Chicago

Murder grabs hold of you from its opening lines, and very rarely gives you the opportunity to let go.” - The Yale Herald


Weirdness abounds in offbeat Crows - Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle, September 2, 2008

Mildred's Umbrella explores A Murder of Crows - Lee Williams, Houston Press, September 3, 2008

Mildred's Umbrella: A Murder of Crows - Nancy Wozny, Dancehunter, September 3, 2008

A Murder of Crows: Mildred's Umbrella - John DeMers, ArtsHouston, Fall, 2008

Karen Schlag
Christie Guidry Stryk
Tom Vaughan
Amy Warren
Alan Hall
Bobby Haworth
Crow #1
Karina Montano Bowers
Crow #2
Dana Pike
Crow #3
Bobby Jo Bassett
Jennifer Decker
Assistant Director
Mike Switzer
Stage Manager
Balir Ault
Production Manager
Carole Kelly
Set Design
Rebecca Ayers
Light Design
Robin Zeigler
Costume Design
Kelly Robertson
Sound Designer
Mike Switzer
Tech Director
Wayne Barnhill


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Christie Guidry Stark
Alan Hall, Amy Warren, Tom Vaughan
and Karen Schlag
Alan Hall
Amy Warren
Tom Vaughan and Christie Guidry Stryk
Christie Guidry Stark
Christie Guidry Stark
Christie Guidry Stark
Bobby Haworth and Karen Schlag
Bobby Haworth, Karina Montano Bowers,
Dana Pike, Bobby Jo Bassett and
Christie Guidry Stryk
Bobby Haworth
Alan Hall


Photos by Anthony Rathbun.


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