"The Birds" by Aristophanes

Classical Theatre Company

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In a Nutshell

The famed comedy from Ancient Greece explores power, religion, and society through a chorus of birds that seek to build a city in the sky

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The Deal

  • $15 for one general-admission ticket (up to $27 value)
  • Performances begin promptly. No late seating allowed.


  • Wednesday, April 6, at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7, at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m. (includes a post-show discussion)
  • Monday, April 11, at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m. (includes a post-show discussion)
  • Wednesday, April 20, at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 21, at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m. (includes a post-show discussion)

The Birds

Entities without wings, insubstantial as dreams, you ephemeral things, you human beings:
Turn your minds to our words, our ethereal words, for the words of the birds last forever!

In Aristophanes’ The Birds, these words of an avian chorus do indeed seem to last forever—but maybe that’s because the famed Greek comedy debuted in 414 B.C. In it, two men—exhausted by the mess humans and gods have made of the world—devise a plan that they share with the former king, who’s morphed into a Hoopoe. The plan: the birds should build a city in the sky high above everyone else, where they’ll rule the world with their infinite wisdom and impressive plumage.

Of course, there are complications—some gods aren’t happy with the thought of losing their powers, and some humans want to take up residency in the new city even though they can’t fly or appreciate worm-based cuisine. What follows is a humor-laced exploration of politics, religion, and social order that remains applicable to the present day.

Classical Theatre Company

The Classical Theatre Company is the only professional organization in the Houston area that exclusively produces classical dramas all year round. The reasoning behind this choice is simple: the company makes its mission to "boldly re-envision classical drama" by breathing new life into the works of authors such as Shakespeare, Marlow, Ibsen, and Shaw.

During staged readings and full productions, CTC's artistic team always seeks inventive ways to "take old plays and give them a never-before­-seen quality." But despite their conceptual changes—such as setting Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in a Nazi concentration camp or turning Hamlet into an espionage thriller with ties to whistle-blower Edward Snowden—the company always respects the original playwrights and maintains the integrity of the original prose, often illuminating how many of those "old" plays are now more relevant than ever.

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