"LIFTED" By Charlie Thurston - Wilbury Theatre Group (Providence, R.I.)

Wilbury Theatre Group 



Written by Charlie Thurston 

Directed by Josh Short   

Cast Includes: Daraja Hinds, Victor Neto and Jim O’Brien.   

WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, Providence, R.I. 02908   

Performances: October 21 through November 13 

(Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm)

For tickets, visit www.thewilburygroup.org/lifted 

Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can and available at wilburytheatregroup.org


Wilbury Theatre Group presents Charlie Thurston’s “Lifted”, a modern meditation on the Icarus myth, directed by Josh Short outdoors at WaterFire Arts Center, October 21 through November 13. 

The production features Daraja Hinds, Victor Neto and Jim O’Brien

Daraja Hinds. Photo courtesy of the artist.   

Victor Neto. Photo courtesy of the artist.   

Jim O'Brien. Photo courtesy of the artist.

“Lifted” is part absurdist family drama, part imaginative theatrical fantasia. 

In an environmentally ravaged near-future, birds have returned from their recent extinction to carry a teenage boy off into the sky. Is it an act of salvation or a declaration of war? 

As the avian abduction sends ripples through the city, then the country, then the world, his twin brother, father and girlfriend have to turn to each other for meaning. 

Charlie Thurston. Photo credit: David Noles

“I've always been totally smitten with Wilbury's eclectic, dynamic programming,” said playwright Charlie Thurston. “And their fearless commitment to give their audience ‘the never before’ - the never before seen, the never before felt, the never before thought. Miraculously, despite the unprecedented obstacles, this commitment has only deepened during the pandemic. ‘Lifted’ and Wilbury is a match made in heaven.” 

Thurston, a familiar face on the Trinity Rep stage, has been a member of their acting company since 2013.

Wilbury’s Artistic Director Josh Short adds: “We’re thrilled that Charlie has entrusted us with ‘Lifted’.  While a world terrorized by unseen flocks of birds may sound like science fiction, the play is rooted in a deep sense of humanity that challenges audiences to consider how the less fortunate members of society are forced to grapple and live with the consequences of a world controlled by the powerful. Charlie’s work resounds even louder in light of the pandemic and we couldn’t be prouder to be among the first theatres in the country to bring this startling play to life.” 


Charlie Thurston's plays Radical (Co-written with Deborah Salem Smith) Lifted, A and B, Empire, A Demonstration by Patient Edward, and The History Room have been developed or produced at Huntington Theatre, Trinity Rep, The Filigree Theatre, The Wilbury Group, Brown University, Cornell College, and Creede Repertory Theater. He was the 2012 recipient of the Trinity Repertory Company’s David Wickham Memorial Playwriting Prize. He holds an MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep where he studied playwriting under Erik Ehn and Deborah Salem Smith. 


Costume Design by Lizzy Pegler 

Live Video + Projection Design by Max Ponticelli 

Sound Design by Andy Russ 

Set & Props Design by Monica Shinn 

Intimacy Direction by Susie Schutt 

Lighting Design by Emily Hardy 

Stage Management by Allison Marchetti* 

Assistant Stage Management by Melie Hayes 

Scenic & Props Assistance by Edward Galts 

Assistant Direction by Jessie March 

Front of House Management by Christine Treglia 

Volunteer Management by Renee Bessette 

*Appears courtesy of the Actor's Equity Association 


Winner of the 2018 National Theater Company Award from the American Theatre Wing, The Wilbury Theatre Group is a professional, nonprofit theatre company that engages our community in thought-provoking conversation through new works, reimagined classics and adventurous playmaking. We are idealistic, ambitious, and stubborn in our resolve to create theatre that entertains, enlightens, and inspires. For more information visit thewilburygroup.org 

The Wilbury Theatre Group 

475 Valley Street 

Providence, R.I. 02908