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Regretfully, So the Birds Are

First Preview: Mar 22, 2023

Opening Date: Apr 11, 2023

Closing Date: Apr 30, 2023

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Playing @

Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons

416 West 42nd Street New York City, NY 10036

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Arson. Affairs. Incest. Murder... are only the beginning of problems for the Whistler siblings. Mora’s gotta find her birth mother, Neel’s gotta find himself, and Illy’s gotta keep her piece of the sky... but the birds have other plans. Julia Izumi’s Regretfully, So the Birds Are is a wild, farcical tragedy that gleefully flips the human quest for self-discovery on its head.

Playwrights Horizons and WP Theater present this world premiere directed by Jenny Koons. Izumi’s farcical play reshapes the theatrical family drama, so often confined to living rooms, setting the story of three adopted Asian American siblings across fantastical searches for pieces of their fractured identities—as the stage becomes an airport in Guangzhou, China, Nebraska, the sky, a prison, a front yard where a snowman lists grim historical facts. In Regretfully, So the Birds Are, the fantastical and the everyday coexist in the lives of characters navigating the unhinged world of contemporary American life. 
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COVID-19 Safety Information

Masks are required at the April 16 matinee and the April 28 evening performances only.

Performance Schedule:

SATURDAY @ 2 PM & 7:30 PM
No performances April 7 & 12
Added performances on April 16 & 23 @ 7 PM


Sasha Diamond
Sky Smith
Shannon Tyo


Jenny Koons

Written by

Julia Izumi

TDF Tickets Offers:

TDF member tickets:

Not currently available for this show

Listed atTKTS


Full-price tickets

$61 - $91

Lottery & Rush

Due to COVID-19, protocols have changed for rush policies. Decisions for rush ticketing will be made on a show-by-show basis; for more information, call the box office at (212) 279-4200.


Wheelchair Info

Peter Jay Sharp Theater is fully wheelchair-accessible, offering accessible seats at each performance. Wheelchair seating available in Row F


From entrance corridor, take elevator to Floor 4 for wheelchair access to the Peter Jay Sharp theater and lobby. Two single doors in series to enter the theater.

Box Office

Located in corridor on Floor 1 (ground level).


For shows in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, the restrooms and water fountain are on 3M (accessible by elevator).Grab bars.

Water Fountain

Floor 3M. Concessions on lobby level

Directions Subway

The closest subway stop is 42nd Street on the A, C, and E trains at Eighth Avenue.1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, W, 7 or S to 42nd St / Times Square

Directions Bus

M42 Crosstown & M104

Assisted Listening System

Radio Frequency assistive listening systems are available at no charge at every performance and can be checked out from the concessions counter. These devices are available in both our Mainstage and Peter Jay Sharp Theaters for every performance, per ADA requirements and are compatible with t-coil enabled hearing aids and implants.

Folding Armrests

No mobility seats with folding armrests.


Manhattan Parking - 475 West 41 Street


None on premises

Visual Assistance

Scheduled audio-described performers. Hand held captions available with GalaPro app on mobile devices. Listening devices and tablets are available in both theaters at the concession stand, free of charge. A photo ID is required.

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

The closest subway stop is 42nd Street on the A, C, and E trains at Eighth Avenue.1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, W, 7 or S to 42nd St / Times Square

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By Bus:

M42 Crosstown & M104