WIDE AWAKE HEARTS
by Brendan Gall
directed by Stefan Dzeparoski
January 14, 2016 — February 7, 2016
Four friends - a writer, actress, actor, and editor - are pulled through a wondrously strange, erotic landscape of love and infidelity while trying to make a movie about those very things.
Against a film studio backdrop, Wide Awake Hearts is an original play about the complexities of human interaction told through wit and humor.
"A FEW OF THE WITTIEST LINES OF DIALOGUE TO DEBUT ON A TORONTO STAGE IN YEARS"
-The Toronto Globe Mail
"BIRDLAND THEATRE HAS PRODUCED SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING THEATRE OF THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS"
-Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
BirdLand Theatre is a winner of six Dora Awards, Canada's answer to the Tonys.
Brendan Gall (playwright) is a Halifax-born, Toronto-based artist recently transplanted to Los Angeles and is currently a writer and producer on the new Warner Bros/NBC drama "Blindspot," which films in New York City. Brendan has been nominated for four Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Toronto's Tony) for Best New Play, the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Theatre, and Canada's prestigious Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. He is the author of four plays: A Quiet Place, Panhandled, Alias Godot and Wide Awake Hearts. Additionally, Brendan has co-written or co-created works with companies such as Public Recordings (300 Tapes), The Room (Red Machine), Unspun Theatre (Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Don't Wake Me), Convergence Theatre (AutoShow and The Gladstone Variations), and Small Wooden Shoe (I Keep Dropping Sh*t). His writing has been published by Coach House Books, translated into German and Italian, and been produced in the United States and Italy. For television, Brendan wrote and produced for the critically loved/commercially failed "The L.A. Complex" for The CW. Also an actor, Brendan graduated from George Brown Theatre School and is currently a playwright-in-residence at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre.
Stefan Dzeparoski (director) is a New York based director focusing on interdisciplinary stage practices at the cross section of art and technology. His directorial aesthetic is based on creative application of projected media and experimentation with the sound as dramaturgical source for creating stage narratives exploring linear and non-linear text based theatre. He is a Resident Director at BirdLand Theatre where he directed Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, Fortune and Men’s Eyes and Soulseek. He also directed After The Fall by Arthur Miller, Roberto Zucco by Bernard Marie Koltes and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee. Stefan holds an MFA in Theatre Directing and MA in Theatre Studies. He also is an alumnus of Lincoln Center Directors Lab (2011) at the Lincoln Center Theater. He was voted Best Director at BroadwayWorld.com for Gruesome Playground Injuries and also received a Sterling Award nomination.