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Stupid F*ing Bird

March 1 through 31, 2018

by Aaron Posner

Studio Theatre at the Hilberry

An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Original songs composed by James Sugg draw the famously subtextual inner thoughts of Chekhov’s characters explicitly to the surface. Stupid F*ing Bird will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.

This production includes the firing of a gun and other loud noises.

Quotes from the original production

“Aaron Posner’s savvy, petulant blitz through Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull [is] less an adaptation of Chekhov’s landmark drama than a funny, moving slugfest, a ripe mashup of mock and awe… sometimes it blows Chekhov up, and sometimes the play explodes with a genuinely Chekhovian release of emotion. The show is smart enough to have it both ways: It mines The Seagull for classical heft even while giving it the bird.” — Washington Post

“Like the play that inspired it, this adaptation offers a unique glimpse at the state of the theatrical art form and more broadly, the difficult pursuit of art and creativity. Angsty, raw, and real, this play does not shy away from the hard, but well-discussed philosophical questions about art, reality, love and life and what it all means. Yet, it does so in a way that’s likely to engage contemporary theatrically savvy audiences.” —


Performance Schedule

Thursday, March 1 – Opening Night 7 p.m.
Friday, March 2 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 4 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 8 7 p.m.
Friday, March 9 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 10 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 22 7 p.m.
Friday, March 23 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 25 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 7 p.m.
Friday, March 30 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 8 p.m.