Stupid Fucking Bird

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Starts: 
Aug 16, 2014
Ends: 
Sep 21, 2014

On the grounds of a country estate, two generations worth of Russians mope and love and hate and make a lot of bird-based metaphors. Sound familiar? It's Anton Fucking Chekhov versus the modern world in Aaron Posner's ballsy Midwest premiere. A smash-hit on the east coast and a finalist for the 2014 ACTA Award, this heartbreakingly hilarious sort-of-adaptation of The Seagull takes a baseball bat to one of theatre’s most famous works and staunchly refuses to pick up the pieces. Sideshow's signature energy and wit are on full display in this very funny examination of what drives us to make art and find love.

Recommended for mature audiences.  Surprise.

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Aaron Posner’s adaptations include two novels by Chaim Potok: The Chosen, which has had more than 50 professional productions around the world and My Name Is Asher Lev, which after more than a dozen productions across the country, ran for ten months Off-Broadway in 2012/13 and won the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best New Off-Broadway Play. With Michael Hollinger he created an adaptation of Cyrano which he directed in its premiere at the Arden Theatre and which went on to win him a Helen Hayes Award as Director in its Washington, D.C. production. Other plays include Stupid Fucking Bird, which premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in D.C.; Who Am I This Time? (and Other Conundrums of Love) adapted from Kurt Vonnegut stories which premiered at Artists Rep under the title And So It Goes; Third & Indiana adapted from Steve Lopez (Arden Theatre); Brief Interviews With Hideous Men adapted from David Foster Wallace (1812 Productions); and Sometimes a Great Notion adapted from Ken Kesey (Portland Center Stage). His musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage (with James Sugg) premiered at the Delaware Theatre Company and was nominated for ten Barrymore Awards and the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play for its production at Round House Theatre.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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at Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens
2433 N Lincoln Ave

written by: Aaron Posner

directed by: Jonathan L. Green

featuring: Katy Carolina Collins, Matt Fletcher, Nina O'Keefe, Cody Proctor, Stacy Stoltz, Nate Whelden, Norm Woodel