Latitude 41 announces its production of THE BIRDS, by Conor McPherson, from a story by Daphne du Maurier.


Daphne du Maurier’s short story, also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, is boldly adapted by Conor McPherson—a gripping, unsettling, and moving look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there’s no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress—an internal threat to match that of the birds outside.

“Deliciously chilling…spring-loaded with tension…claustrophobic, questioning, frightening; and with a twist.” —Irish Independent. “Never has [McPherson] been more in control…he keeps us on the edge of our seat.” —The Irish Times. “[THE BIRDS] was a powerful piece of theatre and a reminder to me of just how important that story has become…truly frightening…a night in the theatre that should not be missed.” —Tippi Hedren, star of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film, “The Birds”.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, June 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8pm, and Sundays, June 11, 18 at 2pm, at the Morris Theatre Guild Playhouse, 516 W Illinois Ave, Morris, IL 60450. Tickets are $13 online in advance or $15 at the door.

The cast features Cathie Stewart, Jeff Matson, Stephanie Maldonado, and Bill Griffith.

THE BIRDS is directed by Al Pindell, with Caitlin Matson as the Assistant Director. Produced for Latitude 41 by Luke Pascale, with Sound Design by Chris Cummings and Light Design by Bill Griffith.

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Recent Latitude 41 productions include LOVE SEX & THE IRS, DOG SEES GOD, OF MICE AND MEN, THE ODD COUPLE, and THE 39 STEPS. Latitude 41 debuted and produced the long-running holiday puppet show TRANSYLVANIA GENERAL, which returned last Halloween season for performances at the Morris Theatre Guild Playhouse.


Latitude 41 is a not-for-profit corporation.


Theater is a collaborative art--it's more than what happens on the stage under the lights.  You can make friends, pick up valuable skills and experience, display your artistry, and have a great time contributing to live, local theater by staying involved after the the auditions. To volunteer to work backstage, with set construction, in the booth, or with house for this production, please email



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Latitude 41 was founded by a group of people who firmly believe that Joliet-area audiences are eager for more quality community theater. We believe that theater is at its best when its creators are passionate about the subject, dedicated to craft and artistry, and committed to following through.

To this end, Latitude 41 prefers to receive submissions from a person or group that feels strongly about the script, rather than having a preselected show assigned to a director or production team.

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Latitude 41 believes that community theater should be an artistically-enriching and enjoyable experience for the audience, the players, and the crew.

Latitude 41 is a not-for-profit organization.




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