Little Bird

 Little Bird by Nicole Oglesby

Little Bird tells a haunting, feverish tale of two young girls living on a bayou in east Texas. As they grow, they become aware of the presence of ghosts and the eyes of something dangerous watching them behind looming cypress trees. The story takes place over eight years, focusing in on specific traumas the girls encounter through nightmarish, fantastical montages, and realistic, heartfelt moments. It also incorporates dance, poetic language, and live music. Little Bird explores friendship, trauma, and and the dangers of growing up in a girl’s body.

Little Bird premiered June 7 – 9, 14 – 16, 2018 at the Dougherty Arts Center.

Graphic design by Daniel Berkowitz.


Peg – Kenzie Stewart
Willa – Franny Harold*
Margot – Laney Neumann
The Hunter – Keith Adam Paxton

Creative Team:

Marian Kansas – Director/Producer
Nicole Oglesby – Playwright/Producer
Katy Matz – Dramaturg/Producer
Christopher Anderson – Stage Manager
Cindy Page – Costume Designer
Lindsey McGowan – Lighting Designer
Amanda Perry – Set & Props Designer
Movement Choreographer – Kelsey Oliver
Composer & Violinist – Christabel Lin**
PJ Kelly – Costume Consultant

*Nominated for the Austin Chronicles Best of 2018 – Best Actress
**Nominated for the B. Iden Payne Awards Council Outstanding Original Score and Outstanding Live Music Performance

Reviews for Little Bird

“‘Little Bird’ weaves a rich, emotionally nuanced tapestry around a story that is vital to women.” – Andrew Friedenthal, Austin360. Read the full review here.

“Oglesby’s exploration of spectral existence takes us to unexpected places and provides some of her play’s most human moments: the blossoming of friendships between spirits, the liberation from fears that troubled one in life, the frustration with time passing, the exhaustion of watching the world from an unbreachable remove, the yearning to comfort a loved one and be remembered by them. The dead, we see, are no less vulnerable than the living.” – Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle. Read the full review here. 

“The Heartland Collective’s Little Bird is perfect, full and beautiful, and it arrives in the #MeToo movement like a heaven-sent rain.” – Caroline Gorman, Read the full article here.

“Creating this piece, Oglesby and Kansas have transformed and muted themes we endure daily in our culture’s focus on dominance, conflict and violence. Their delicate fable reminds us that innocence must be protected and women face unacceptable pains and costs inherent in the organization of our society. And at the same time their vision as realized by the collaborating artists offers the gentle uplift of hope.” – Michael Miegs, CTX Live Theatre. Read the full review here. 

A big thank you to all of the local Austin businesses that have supported Little Bird!

Kendra Scott
Texas Coffee Traders
odd duck
Terry Black’s Barbecue
Amy’s Ice Cream