12 Peers Theater Presents The Pittsburgh Premiere Of STUPID FUCKING BIRD
12 Peers Theater continues their 2018 Main Stage Season with Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner. The Pittsburgh Premiere is directed by Vince Ventura and features Chris Cattell, Sarah Chelli, Sara Ashley Fisher, Matt Henderson, Stefan Lingenfelter, David Maslow, and Maura Underwood. Stupid Fucking Bird remixes the classic Chekhov play The Seagull while examining the fairness of life, love, our culture, and our institutions. Stupid Fucking Bird - Sort of Adapted From The Seagull by Anton Chekhov runs July 26 - August 12, 2018, at the Richard E. Rauh Studio Theatre in The Cathedral of Learning.
"Stupid Fucking Bird is a meta-theatrical blast," says Artistic Director Vince Ventura. "Our characters know they are in a play, they have read The Seagull and they question the fairness of their destinies while looking at the fairness of our arts and society."
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 FUCKING BIRD will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.
Stupid Fucking Bird is directed by Vince Ventura and features Chris Cattell, Sarah Chelli, Sara Ashley Fisher, Matt Henderson, Stefan Lingenfelter, David Maslow, and Maura Underwood, with scenic design by Hank Bullington, prop and costume design by Madison Hack, lighting design by Gregory Messmer, and sound design by Peter Brucker.
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 the Folger, 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 Players 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 other theatres across the country), 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) and STUPID FUCKING BIRD, a variation on Chekhov's SEAGULL. Aaron was raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Northwestern University, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and lives near Washington, DC.
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