Stupid Fucking Bird (2015)

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Starts: 
Jul 23, 2015
Ends: 
Aug 30, 2015

Back this summer with the orginal cast, see Sideshow's record-breaking show on the larger mainstage at Victory Gardens!

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 Stupid Fucking Bird. A smash-hit in Chicago, 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.

Run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission
Recommended for mature audiences.  Surprise.

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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, an associate artist at both the Folger Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. 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 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. It has received productions and awards from around the country. His second Chekhov adaptation Life Sucks premiered this season at Theatre J and his musical for young audiences The Gift of Nothing received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play and Musical Adaptation for its production at the Kennedy Center. Aaron was raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Northwestern University, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and lives near Washington, DC.

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presented by Carlisle Hart LLC
at the Začek McVay Theater 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