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Stupid F###ing Bird

by Aaron Posner

Department of Theatre & Drama

February 19-22, 2015

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

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The Story: In this irreverent remix of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, unrequited love and artistic angst take on a decidedly modern bent. An aspiring playwright with a radical view of the theatre yearns for love, acceptance, and success. His ingénue girlfriend searches for fame and oh so slyly goes after his mother’ famous boyfriend. A fading Hollywood star fights getting older by using her sardonic wit as a lethal weapon. Lest one think Stupid F###ing Bird too similar to the classic, the Washington Post declares “The rude, childish title turns out to be smack on the money for Aaron Posner’s savvy, petulant blitz through Chekhov… [the] new play is less an adaptation than a funny, moving slugfest, a ripe mashup of mock and awe.”


Background: Playwright Aaron Posner has adapted and written over 20 works, including My Name is Asher Lev and The Chosen. Premiered in 2013 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C., Stupid F###ing Bird brings Chekhov’s subtext to the forefront. Posner’s clever and zippy script “captures precisely how people communicate in real life these days – in fumbling, incomplete fragments groping for expression and hoping for comprehension.” (John Stoltenberg) Hilarious and contemporary, Stupid F###ing Bird succeeds in forging new theatrical ground just as its predecessor did over a century ago.

This play contains profanity and adult content. Recommended for mature audiences.


Artistic Staff

Director Daniel Cantor
Scenic Designer Lucy Briggs
Costume Designer Christianne Myers
Lighting Designer Miriam Michaels
Stage Manager Rachel Kaplow




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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower