Coe-Brown performs modern take on tale

  • Coe-Brown students Cassandra Barnhart as Procne, Brian Downer as Epops, Joseph Guptill at Eulpides and Ian Gollihur as Pithetaerus rehearse a scene from “The Birds: A Modern Adaptation.” Courtesy

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Fed up with a life of insurance salesmen and petty problems, miscreants Eulpides and Pithetaerus head off to the kingdom of the birds.

So begins The Birds: A Modern Adaptation by Don Zolodis, based on Aristophanes’ classical comedy, which will be performed today and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.

While living among the birds, Eulpides (played by senior Joseph Guptill) and Pithetaerus (played by sophomore Ian Gollihur), envision a scheme to turn the bird’s land into a powerful utopia . . . and a financial jackpot.

Then, they run into the wrath of the gods.

The cast of 31 students will perform a satirical look at politics, power, religion and the folly of man.

Tickets are available in advance for $8 or $6 for students and seniors. Email elent@coebrown.org or call 942-5531, ext. 237, to set yours aside.

The show is not recommended for younger audiences.