Big Dead Bird is an adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Set in the 2010s, the play explores the ramifications of the opioid crisis on the good people of Kensington, a neighborhood in Philadelphia. With Wilder's innovative, meta-theatrical structure as its guide, Big Dead Bird is an updated "translation" of this classic play that uses the simple poetry of day-to-day life in order to examine the United States' slide into an epidemic that has ravaged the entire country, and its affect on families.


Big Dead Bird is currently in development, and would ideally be produced in communities that have been deeply affected by the opioid epidemic. Productions should include community members and professional actors in order to assure deep connection to the community in which Big Dead Bird is performed, and the simple, scenery-free play is designed to be performed hospitals, treatment centers, schools, and other community spaces so that the play can be a tool for conversation, teaching, and extended outreach.