Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird, a “sort of” adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, makes its Michigan premiere!
Just as Chekhov’s play told the story of a decidedly theatrical family, Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird updates the action to the 21st century America. As the play begins, a young playwright named Con is about to present his “site specific performance event” to his mother, the spotlight-hogging, successful actress Emma. Along for the ride are her lover, the famous author Doyle Trigorin, her brother Dr. Sorn, and various other houseguests. It soon becomes apparent that there is a daisy chain of unrequited love and missed opportunities afoot.
The cast of Stupid Fucking Bird, Detroit theatre heavyweights all, includes Jonathan Davidson as Con, Vanessa Sawson as Mash, Michael Lopetrone as Dev, Kelly Komlen as Emma, Joel Mitchell as Trigorin, Katie Terpstra as Nina, and Dan Jaroslaw as Dr. Sorn. Joe Bailey will direct with Sean McClellan Assistant Directing. Special movement created by Jill Dion. Set design is by Alexander Henderson Trice, costume design by Barbie Amann Weiserman, sound design by Dan Morrison, and lighting design by Brandy Joe Plambeck.