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Flight of a Legless Bird

Saturday, April 06, 2024 @ 7:30pm



McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540

A Lewis Center for the Arts production

Flight of a Legless Bird, written by Princeton senior Ethan Luk, follows and braids the lives of Robin and Leslie, two queer artists, from the 1980s to the 2000s. Robin, a filmmaker in New York’s West Village, confronts the reality of a HIV/AIDS diagnosis; Leslie, an accomplished Cantopop star and actor, grapples with his personal hurdles and newfound fame in Hong Kong. Robin and Leslie’s worlds collide by chance, establishing an emotional bond between the two men that defies time and space. Fusing multiple languages, geographies, and temporalities, the play’s fictional intertwining reflects a desire to forge new queer mythologies and connections, while probing the fraught relationship between art-making and times of societal crisis. Directed by Luk in collaboration with retired Program in Theater faculty member R.N. Sandberg.

Content Advisory: This production contains mentions and discussions of homophobia; mentions and discussions of suicide; depictions of mentail illness (including depression); and depictions of physical violence and intimacy. 

Flight of a Legless Bird was developed in collaboration with New York Theater Workshop’s Mind the Gap Program, CHUANG Stage, PAO Arts Center, and Asian American Theater Artists of Boston (AATAB), and supported by the Douglas G. McGrath ’80 Fund for the Creative and Performing Arts.




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