Stupid F#@king Bird
Sep 15 – Oct 16, 2016
By Aaron Posner, sort of adapted from The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
With original songs by James Sugg
Directed by Aaron Posner on the F. Otto Haas Stage
Runtime: 2 hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission.
Contains strong language. Contains brief nudity.
In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of The Seagull, Arden co-founder Aaron Posner scoops up Chekhov’s tale of unrequited love, missed opportunities, and misplaced dreams and sets it down squarely in the bustle of 21st century life. This new play has been showered with awards and critical acclaim and is one of the most produced plays in the country – now it comes to Philadelphia.
“In Aaron Posner’s exquisitely clever adaptation of the play – in a production at Arden Theatre Company that can’t be beat – you get the laughs, too. Lots of them.”
Arden Theatre’s cofounder returns with kind-of Chekhovian ‘Bird’
(Posner) has a taste for redoing the classics, but (Stupid Fucking) Bird is a jumbled, highly personalized rewrite of Chekhov. It became a way for Posner to look at events in his own life (the birth of a daughter) and his surroundings (politics, his life as an artist) and spin Seagull into autobiography.
(Producing Artistic Director Terrence J.) Nolen says he was ” struck by his old friend’s deconstructionist view, one that captures Chekhov brilliantly, but is very much a new Posner work.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Even if you have never seen The Seagull or pondered the meaning of performance art, Stupid Fucking Bird will captivate you with its unexpected insights into the human capacity for love, misery, and creative self expression. If you are a lover of Chekhov or a student of the theater it just might blow you away.”
“The bird may be stupid, but this is one smart play.”
Cindy De La Cruz (Nina)
Grace Gonglewski (Emma)
Dan Hodge (Dev)
Alex Keiper (Mash)
Aubie Merrylees (Con)
Karl Miller (Trigorin)
Greg Wood (Dr. Sorn)
Assistant Stage Manager