Boston Court and Circle X to Present Aaron Posner's STUPID F--KING BIRD, Opening Today
The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Co. present Stupid Fucking Bird, by Aaron Posner, directed by Michael Michetti. Opening night is Saturday, June 28, 2014 on the Main Stage at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Avenue.
In this irreverent remix of Chekhov's The Seagull, an aspiring young director rails against 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 life, art, and growing up can be. Chekhov's characters still ruminate on love, revolution and the pursuit of happiness, but this time with a lot more snark as the subtext bubbles to the surface. With music, meta-theatricality, and mad humor, playwright Aaron Posner beats The Seagull to a bloody fucking pulp.
Production Staff: Stephanie Kerly Schwartz, Scenic Design; Elizabeth Harper, Lighting Design; Rob Oriol, Sound Design & Music Direction; Mallory Kay Nelson, Costume Design; Sean Cawelti, Projection Design; Jenny Smith, Prop Design; Julia Flores, Casting Director; Katherine Hoevers, Assitant Director; Kate Jopson, Dramaturg; Andrew Lia, Stage Manager; Ed Krieger, Production Photograhy.
Aaron Posner is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning director and playwright. He is a founder and former Artistic Director of Philadelphia's Arden Theatre, is an Associate Artist at both the Folger Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and has directed at major regional theatres from coast to coast including ART, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Portland Center Stage, The Alliance, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep, California Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Roundhouse Theatre, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Theatre J, American Player's Theatre and many more. His adaptations include Chaim Potok's The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev (both of which have enjoyed successful runs at more than 50 theatres across the country and the latter of which ran for ten months Off-Broadway in 2012/13 and won both the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best New Off-Broadway play and the John Gassner Award), as well as Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, Mark Twain's A Murder, A Mystery, and a Marriage, an adaptation of three Kurt Vonnegut short stories, entitled Who Am I This Time? (and other conundrums of love). His Chekhov inspired Stupid Fucking Bird debuted at Woolly Mammoth and won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play as well as the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Play or Musical. Aaron was raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Northwestern University, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and lives near Washington, DC.
Michael Michetti is the Co-Artistic Director for The Theatre @ Boston Court. Directed for The Theatre @ Boston Court: Dan Dietz's American Misfit, Kathryn Walat's Creation, John Walch's The Dinosaur Within, Tom Jacobson's The Twentieth-Century Way; Deborah Stein's God Save Gertrude; Jason Grote's 1001; Carlos Murillo's dark play or stories for boys; Eric Whitacre's Paradise Lost: Shadows & Wings; his own adaptation of Oscar Wilde's A Picture of Dorian Gray; Sinan U?nel's Pera Palas; Charles L. Mee's Summertime; Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Elsewhere: The Guardsman, The Grapes of Wrath, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Don Juan and As You Like It (A Noise Within); Kiss Me, Kate, Carousel, Man of La Mancha and Li'l Abner (Reprise); Tom Jacobson's House of the Rising Son (EST-LA); A Life in the Theatre (Pasadena Playhouse). He is the recipient of two Ovation Awards and five LADCC Awards.
Stupid Fucking Bird is supported in part by the Edgerton Foundation, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Shubert Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Founding Director Z. Clark Branson, and the generous contributions of The Theatre @ Boston Court supporters and contributors.
The Theatre @ Boston Court is the award-winning resident theatre company at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA. Michael Seel, Executive Director; Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti, Co-Artistic Directors; Hillary Metcalf, Managing Director.
Circle X Theatre Co. is a not-for-profit ensemble of artists dedicated to highly provocative, boldly theatrical productions of new and rarely-seen plays and the development of new works for the stage. Circle X believes in imagination over budget, adrenaline over inertia, irreverence over convention and excellence over all. The company was founded in 1996 by seven theatre artists drawn together by a common desire to create an artistic home in Los Angeles with a focus on the development of new work for the stage. Innovation and the idea of "imagination over budget" are their guiding principles, and they strive to make them the core of every element of production, beyond selection of thought-provoking, highly theatrical plays. This extends to everything from production, design, performance and direction to administration and marketing, creating the unique aesthetic for which Circle X is known. Through their Writers Group and new play development programs they support theatre artists interested in taking new plays from inception to production, and launching them onto a life beyond their stages.