Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati Shakespeare Companyâ€™s production of The Birds for its sound and lighting design.
The Birds is an adaptation of Daphne Du Marierâ€™s short story which was also the inspiration for Hitchcockâ€™s classic film. For reasons unknown, the birds have turned against man, attacking them maliciously and relentlessly. In a small seaside cabin, a group of strangers find themselves thrust together, each seeking sanctuary from the savage avian menace. But as the situation becomes increasingly dire and the tension between the survivors inexorably grows, it isnâ€™t long before the atmosphere turns ugly, and they discover that the horror hovering outside is nothing compared to that which lurks within.
Panelists praised Andrew Hungerford for lighting design and Doug Borntrager for sound design: â€œLighting and sound contribute to the sense of menace and claustrophobia while the actors continue to open and close the shuttered doors and windows between waves of the bird attacks. The lighting is especially dramatic when leaking through the barricaded windows and the continuous sounds of the birds reminds the audience of the outside threat.â€
CSCâ€™s The Birds runs through November 8th. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.cincyshakes.com.
Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT party in the summer.