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UPDATE: "Squawk!" initially scheduled to be performed by the SDSU Theater Department in the Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, March 17, and Saturday, March 31 has been postponed because of the impending rain on March 17, and the SDSU Spring Break on March 31.  "Squawk!" will now be performed on Friday, April 20, at 3:00 p.m.

March 11, 2012 (San Diego)--SQUAWK! will be performed by the San Diego State University Theater Arts Department on Saturday, March 17, at 3 p.m. in the amphitheater at Mission Trails Regional Park. 

The theme of this 90-minute play touches on human conflict and competition in a metaphorical story about the birds of the world - engaged in a bitter but comical struggle - in their search for a way to choose a winner of a peace song competition. The props are an umbrella and stick held by the performers using bird like movements and sounds. The performance is free and will be performed in the Visitor Center Amphitheater. 

SQUAWK!, created in 1994 by two  celebrated South African performance artists, Ellis Pearson and Bheki  Mhkwane, is a very African tale of a bird " Peace Song Competition". Targeted for all ages, it is a delightfully funny allegory, representing the factions and individuals vying for power in the formative years of the new South Africa. Told mainly in "bird language" much of the story can be understood by children of any language background.

With the active participation of the audience, the birds engage in a bitter but comical struggle to prove which is the best singer, never stopping for a moment to consider actually listening to one another. Ultimately they are reminded that the most beautiful music is made when we all sing together. 

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