A Lewis Center for the Arts production

Flight of a Legless Bird

APRIL 5, 2024 - APRIL 13, 2024

VENUE Berlind Theatre
DATES Friday, April 5, 8PM / Saturday, April 6, 7:30PM / Thursday, April 11, 8PM / Friday, April 12, 8PM / Saturday, April 13, 7:30 PM


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.

Content Advisory: This production contains mentions and discussions of homophobia; mentions and discussions of suicide; depictions of mentail 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), and supported by the Douglas G. McGrath ’80 Fund for the Creative and Performing Arts.



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. 



Tickets & Details: 

All performances are open to the public; purchased tickets are required:

$12 in advance of show dates
$17 purchased the day of performances at the box office
$10 for students (tickets are Passport to the Arts eligible for Princeton students)

Flight of a Legless Bird is a Lewis Center for the Arts event and is not eligible for McCarter’s Choice Pass pricing or other McCarter ticket promotions or discounts.

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Berlind Theatre is an accessible venue with wheelchair and companion seating available. An assistive listening system is available and headphones can be requested from ushers. 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 LewisCenter@princeton.edu at least one week in advance of the event date.