SUSPENSION was also performed at City Theatre in Miami with Eric Fabregat and Bechir Silvain.
A "moody, realistic fable."
-- South Florida Times
The Alleyway Theatre has struck gold with the world premier of The Seabirds. This is the first truly profound play I've seen in quite a while.
The play -- a sometimes surreal journey -- is a huge undertaking on an intimate scale. It is entrancing. Of all the rewards that a play can offer, this continued thought provocation is one of the finest.
-- Buffalo News
An existential dialogue . . . the play reminds us of other barren landscapes in the work of Beckett or Camus, without ever slipping into cliche. I strongly encourage those who enjoy taking a theatrical risk with something challenging to take a look.
-- Art Voice
Great central characters, winning snatches of dialogue and nuanced touches of historical accuracy help immerse the audience into a time when the nation was tearing itself in two.
-- NE Theatre Geek
All in all, I cannot recommend The Seabirds strongly enough.
Ray Boucher and David Hayes in Alleyway Theatre's 2007 production of THE SEABIRDS
THE ACCIDENTS OF BREAD: At her first communion, a young mathematician realizes she must decide between transubstantiation and the Law of Identity . . . with her own identity in the balance.
Nominated for the Heideman Award.
Libby Schap and Gary LaParl in THE ACCIDENTS OF BREAD (Salem Theatre Company)
From Goldstar Reviews:
“This play is so worth going to . . . we talked about it all the way home, and then after we got home. You don't have that kind of experience very often.”
“Seabirds was amazing. Brilliantly acted. Powerful message. A stunning performance.”
"Seabirds is a wonderfully written play . . . full of history and rich dialogue / language; it is captivating."
"This is a very intense play."
It should become a theater classic,
in repertory everywhere.
Some of William Orem's ten-minute plays are available in the following places:
David Lutheran in
Argos Productions' 2013 staging of THE SEABIRDS
In the play itself, [Orem's] language leaps from the technical to the lyric, expansive to terse. Against such verbal orchestration, every action and prop stands out with Chekhovian purpose. There are moments from The Seabirds that could be great paintings by Turner—a naked man hauled from a violent ocean, two loners gazing out to sea from a mist-shrouded tower, a noose silhouetted against a vast ocean sky.
Arcadia Repertory Theatre produces THE SEABIRDS in 2014
Esme Allen and Derek Fraser in THE ACCIDENTS OF BREAD (Commonwealth Shakespeare)
Cory Flood in TROFIMOV, A STUDENTat Mass College of Liberal Arts
THE RAGS: A woman must persuade her doctor not to cut her from his list of patients in favor of "concierge medicine."
Chris Clark and Sarah Carlin in THE RAGS (Marblehead Little Theatre)