THE HOUSE OF ESTHER BIRD
by Rebecca Stallard
Adapted from the book “And the Birds are Singing” by Rebecca Stallard
Family | Drama | True Story
Logline: Esther Bird and her 10 adult children battle the emotional repercussions of hereditary cancer. Paralleled with the research of Dr. Henry Lynch, “the father of heredity cancer detection and prevention”.
Bio: Rebecca was born and raised in Kansas City. While growing up, she often heard she was living in a family cursed with genetic cancer. Several aunts, uncles, & cousins had succumbed to the disease. When Rebecca was 8 years old, her mother, Tommy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although Tommy survived breast cancer, five years later she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and it took her life. So, at age 13, after the death of her mother, Rebecca realized the genetic mutation in her family was a realistic truth. In the 1980’s her family was one of several involved in a study leading researchers to the discovery of the hereditary cancer gene: BRCA1. Rebecca earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Communications (MWSU) for the sole purpose of writing about her experiences of the BRCA1 gene. She has devoted the majority of her adult life to this cause. Rebecca is an author, a screenwriter, a poet, and a lover of life, family and friendships. Her works include the book, “And the Birds are Singing”, the stage play, “Pinochle” (2007), screen plays: “Stranger Step Softly” and “Look at the Stars”. Rebecca is also the ghostwriter for the book, “Annie Parker Decoded”.