Bird on a Tree Branch
- Donald E. Baker:13 Dec. 2021“ Huddled in a basement with the infamous Palm Sunday tornados bearing down on them, a married couple and their unwilling guest confront long-held secrets, self-serving lies, long-standing grievances, and ingrained prejudices. A terrific character study that deserves wide-spread production. ”
- Philip Middleton Williams:20 Nov. 2021“ Impending danger forces us to face reality: it forces us to be honest with ourselves and those we care about. In this taut drama where three people are taking refuge from a horrific storm, the peril of physical harm brings suppressed echoes of the past and lays them starkly on the table for all to see and deal with honestly. Jan Probst's characters are intricately drawn and we see what really lies beneath, like when a storm peels off the roof of a house to show us the inside. And yet they hang on and survive. ”
- Vivian Smiley42,,WhiteFemaleHousewife, ex-Mennonite. White, forty-two years old, and one scene at the age of eighteen. Can be doubled, or cast as two separate roles.
- Hannah Jackson48,,African American / BlackFemaleJunior college instructor. Black, forty-eight years old.
- Doug Smiley42,,WhiteMaleVivian's husband. Sells insurance, likes to talk.
- Al Smiley, Jr.19,,WhiteMaleDoug's deceased older brother, at the age of nineteen. Always wears his high school letter jacket. Can be played by the actor playing Doug, or as a separate role.
- Announcer/NewsmanMaleVoice-over of radio announcer or newsman, to sound like a radio announcer from the era.
- ,Reading,Valdez Theatre Conference2019
- ,Professional,Phoenix Arts Association2021
Certificate of Commendation
San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle
The Kilroys List