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Regretfully, So the Birds Are Tickets

Regretfully, So the Birds Are Tickets

New York
22 Mar 2023 - 30 Apr 2023
Go on a journey of self-discovery at this world-premiere tragicomedy.

Regretfully, So the Birds Are Information

Playwright Julia Izumi and director Jenny Koons make their Playwrights Horizons debut with the world premiere of Regretfully, So the Birds Are. Get Regretfully, So the Birds Are tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

The Regretfully, So the Birds Are play centers on three adopted siblings: Mora, Neel, and Illy Whistler. They all have journeys ahead of them: Mora to find her birth mother, Neel to find himself after realizing he's tone-deaf, and Illy to stay put and hang onto a piece of the sky she's bought. But their messy family — including a mother who's committed arson and murder, a father who's a snowman, and a relationship between Illy and Neel. At once a farce and a tragedy, Regretfully, So the Birds Are explores Asian American identities and the dark sides of trying to find one's identity.

Izumi makes her Off-Broadway debut with Regretfully, So the Birds Are in New York, but her plays have received readings and productions at major theatre institutions across the country, including Manhattan Theatre Club, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her play miku, and the gods. received an honorable mention from the Kilroys List, an annual recognition of outstanding, yet-unproduced works by non-male playwrights.

Directing Regretfully, So the Birds Are off Broadway is Jenny Koons, also in her Off-Broadway debut. She is known for directing and choreographing the Pasadena Playhouse production of the Broadway musical Head Over Heels, starring Lea DeLaria, George Salazar, and Alaska 5000. In New York, she has directed shows including A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Public Theater's Mobile Unit, which presents free Shakespeare productions at community centers, homeless shelters, and prisons throughout New York.

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Run time

1 hour 40 minutes

Opening date

March 22nd, 2023

Closing date

April 30th, 2023



Playwrights Horizons

Our review

The Whistler siblings are on a wild, wandering journey to find themselves. The three 20somethings, all Asian adoptees, have a remarkably tough load: Their adopted mom is addicted to opioids, their dad was a victim of arson, and vicious birds are out to get them. Despite the heavy topics, Julia Izumi’s farcical tragedy Regretfully, So the Birds Are is a joyful romp. The playful world premiere — co-produced by Playwrights Horizons and WP Theater — is neatly structured into three acts that follow...

Latest Regretfully, So the Birds Are News & Features

Thankfully, so the cast is! Casting has been set for the world premiere of Julia Izumi's Regretfully, So the Birds Are. Off-Broadway performances run from March 22 to April 30 at Playwrights Horizons, with opening night on April 11. The complete cast includes Sasha Diamond as Illy, Gibson Frazier as Cam the Snowman, Kristine Nielsen as Elinore, Sky Smith as Neel, Pearl Sun as Srey, and Shannon Tyo as Mora. The creative team, led by director Jenny Koons, includes scenic designer You-Shin Chen,...