Flight of a Legless Bird, written by Princeton senior Ethan Luk, follows and braids the lives of Robin and Leslie, two queer artists, from the 1980s to the 2000s. Robin, a filmmaker in New York’s West Village, confronts the reality of a HIV/AIDS diagnosis; Leslie, an accomplished Cantopop star and actor, grapples with his personal hurdles and newfound fame in Hong Kong. Robin and Leslie’s worlds collide by chance, establishing an emotional bond between the two men that defies time and space. Fusing multiple languages, geographies, and temporalities, the play’s fictional intertwining reflects a desire to forge new queer mythologies and connections, while probing the fraught relationship between art-making and times of societal crisis. Directed by Luk in collaboration with retired Program in Theater faculty member R.N. Sandberg.

Parts of the play are in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English; non-English sections of the play will be translated to English via supertitles.

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Content Advisory: This production contains mentions and discussions of homophobia; mentions and discussions of suicide; depictions of mental illness (including depression); and depictions of physical violence and intimacy.

Flight of a Legless Bird was developed in collaboration with New York Theater Workshop’s Mind the Gap Program, CHUANG Stage, PAO Arts Center, and Asian American Theater Artists of Boston (AATAB).

Support for this project was provided by Douglas G. McGrath ’80 Fund for the Creative and Performing Arts.

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Talkback: April 6

A post-show conversation will take place following the April 6 performance. The discussion will focus on intergenerational queer mentorship and will include Tony Award-winning and former Artistic Director of New York Theatre Workshop James Nicola, and Director of Education and Community Engagement at New York Theatre Workshop Alexander Santiago-Jirau, moderated by Ethan Luk.

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symbol for wheelchair accessibilityaccess symbol for amplified sound or assistive hearing devicesBerlind Theatre is an accessible venue with wheelchair and companion seating available. An assistive listening system is available and headphones can be requested from ushers. Parts of the play are in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English; non-English sections of the play will be translated to English via supertitles. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations, including Berlind Theatre. Attendees in need of other access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email at least one week in advance of the event date.


About the Talkback Guests

James Nicola portrait in black and white. He rests his hand near his chin.

Photo courtesy James C Nicola

James C Nicola was the Artistic Director of New York Theater Workshop from 1988 to 2022. Prior to that, he was first a National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellow and then Producing Associate at Arena Stage with Zelda Fichandler. Nicola was a Casting Coordinator at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Tufts University and was awarded a Special Tony Award and a Lifetime Achievement Obie Award.



Alexander Santiago-Jirau has dark hair and wears a navy blazer and thick circle framed glasses

Photo courtesy Alexander Santiago-Jirau

Alexander Santiago-Jirau (he/him/his) is Director of Education and Community Engagement at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW). In this role, he oversees all of NYTW’s education and engagement initiatives, including the Mind the Gap (MTG) intergenerational theater program, student matinees, in-school teaching artist residencies, after-school programs, masterclasses, administrative fellowships, and community-based programs. Some of his favorite work at NYTW has included developing educational materials and curating programming for the world premiere of David Bowie’s and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus directed by Ivo van Hove, the world premiere of Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin, Othello directed by Sam Gold featuring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo, Heidi Shreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me, Jeremy O. Harris’s Slave Play, and the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Recent work has included facilitation of MTG devising intensive workshops in London, Chile, and North Carolina, and the creation of NYTW’s Youth Artistic Instigators ensemble.


Banner photo caption: From a production of the play at Lang Yuan Vintage, MCLAB Space, Beijing, China (performed as part of the PRISM Mini Theatre Festival). Performer: Jonathan Zhang 張晨 . Director: Wilson Wang 王永飛 . Photographer: Aruukhan 阿柔罕


陆浩弘 《无脚鸟的飞行》舞台剧公演

(McCarter Theatre Center) 伯林德剧院 (Berlind Theatre)
2024 年 4 月 5 日星期五 – 晚上 8:00
2024 年 4 月 6 日星期六 – 晚上 7:30
2024 年 4 月 11 日星期四 – 晚上 8:00
2024 年 4 月 12 日星期五 – 晚上 8:00
2024 年 4 月 13 日星期六 – 晚上 8:00
(Ethan Luk ‘24) 创作,使用粤语与英文的双语戏剧作品。《无脚鸟的飞行》通过 “巧合和错过” 记录了上世纪两位艺术家间的想像关系。 Robin 是住在纽约城西村的电影制片人,被诊断出患有艾滋病;Leslie 是香港著名的歌星和演员。



《无脚鸟的飞行》在2021年北京棱镜戏剧节首演,并在2023年在波士顿以工作坊的形式上演,由CHUANG Stage、包氏文艺中心(Pao Arts Center)、波士顿亚美戏剧联盟( Asian American Theater Artists of Boston) 联手出品。 《无脚鸟的飞行》由编剧陆浩弘與戏剧专业退休教师 R.N. Sandberg 执导。

内容提示: 本片包含对同性恋恐惧症的提及和讨论;对自杀的提及和讨论;对精神疾病(包括抑郁症)的描述;以及对身体暴力和亲密关系的描述。

Douglas G. McGrath ‘80 创意与表演艺术基金为本项目提供了支持。
4 月 6 日演出结束后将举行一场演出后对话。托尼奖获得者、纽约戏剧工作坊 (New York Theater Workshop) 前艺术总监 James Nicola 和纽约戏剧工作坊教育与社区参与总监 Alexander Santiago-Jirau 将参与讨论。
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