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The Xdrom Company would like to invite you to the Just-In-Time fiction performance of "Big Black Birds" - a "Flash Fiction" story that will be performed in Marc Pound's Playhouse next week. Depending on your location, it's dinner theater or a bedtime story. All you need to do is sign in, sit back, and read along.

Big Black Birds,
Flash Fiction Storytelling
Thursday, February 21, 2002
US: 6:00 to 7:00 PM Pacific
(9:00-10:00 PM Eastern)
Marc Pound's Playhouse


Scene One

Simon (played by Jesse Harlin) is a recently widowed, retired drama professor who walks around town every evening to pass the time. Tonight, he notices what he thinks are the same three big black birds following him around the town (one bird played by Keith Pound).

Scene Two

During his walks, Simon comes upon Jon (played by Marc Pound) and Mari (played by Janan Platt), a young couple. Jon sleepwalks and Mari follows him outside, making sure he gets home safely. Jon never remembers a thing when he wakes up the next morning. Mari wonders about the three big black birds that seem to be following Jon as he sleepwalks.

Scene Three

Martin (played by Keith Pound) is a student who is struggling with his doctoral thesis. He takes walks to clear his mind. A week ago, Martin found some expensive jewelry in a bag behind a bush during one of his walks. He has hidden it in his apartment and he has been having nightmares about getting caught. The three big black birds (one bird played by Jesse Harlin) follow Martin as he begins his evening walk.

Scene Four

Simon, still out walking, comes upon Martin just after he has discovered a note with instructions and he has finally gotten rid of the jewels and his guilty conscience.

This time, Simon has brought some food along to feed the big black birds. He and Martin talk about the birds as they are feeding them (one bird played by Marc Pound).


(exit stage left)

Janan Platt

By words the mind is winged.
Aristophanes (448BC - 385BC) Greek dramatist
"The Birds."