Anna Ouyang Moench


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Full-length Drama

By Anna Ouyang Moench

John and his daughter Caitlyn are birders. As they scan the skies over their backyard in suburban Maryland looking for elusive birds, years go by. Relationships begin and end. Children grow up and parents age. The climate and the world change in small and vast ways. BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA takes a close look at the relationship of a father and daughter over the course of a decade as they struggle to understand the parts of one another that defy understanding.

 Cast of Characters
(1W, 1M)
JOHN — A scientist and an avid birder. Ages throughout the play from his late 50s to late 60s. White, probably.
CAITLYN — A copy editor for a conservative news outlet. Ages throughout the play from her late 20s to her late 30s. John’s daughter. White or mixed race.

John’s yard. Baltimore County, Maryland.



Anna Ouyang Moench

Anna Ouyang Moench is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her plays have been produced at Williamstown Theatre Festival, NAATCO/The Public Theater, the Geffen Playhouse, the Playwrights Realm, East West Players, InterAct Theater, Theater Mu, and many other theaters across the country and around the world.

In television and film, Anna has worked with Apple TV+, HBO, A24, 3000 Pictures, Netflix, Fifth Season, UCP, eOne, PictureStart, and Universal. She is a Supervising Producer on Severance and a Co-Executive Producer on The White Darkness, both on Apple TV+. Anna was a member of the pilot cohort of the WarnerMedia Access Showrunner Program.

Anna lives in Los Angeles with her family.