Run Time: Two hours and 33 minutes, with one intermission

Chekhov’s story of love, art, and a hapless bird gets a remarkably contemporary face lift in Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird. On the grounds of a country estate, a battle between young and old ensues in this heartbreaking, hilarious, sort-of-adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Winner of the 2014 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Stupid Fucking Bird is about our longing to love and be loved.

Age Recommendation: 14+ for mature language, themes, and nudity. Show will contain recorded gunfire, and utilize stage fog and strobe lights. ACT's policy is to inform audiences of content, but to let parents, guardians, and teachers make decisions that they feel is most appropriate for youth and teens in their care.

Photo by Hayley Young Photography

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in alphabetical order

Suzanne Bouchard*
Keiko Green*
MJ Sieber*
Jasmine Jean Sim
Adam Standley*
G. Valmont Thomas*
Connor Toms*

Creative Team

Jessica Kubzansky
Martin Christoffel
Heidi Zamora
Rick Paulsen
Robertson Witmer
Rachael Lincoln
Stephanie Haire
JR Welden*
Verhanika Willhelm
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Assistant to the Director
Stage Manager
Production Assistant

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

The Evolution of The Seagull
Fri, Apr 8 at 6:30pm–7:30pm in The Buster’s Space at ACT
Join members of Seattle's premier Chekhov company, The Seagull Project, in an exploration of Chekhov, past and present. The Seagull Project Artistic Director Gavin Reub leads you in an evening exploring the roots of ACT's Mainstage show Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner, asking us to consider "why is Chekhov so damn popular?" The hour long event includes scenes from The Seagull by Seagull Project Ensemble members melded with a primer to Posner's contemporary adaptation. This event is free to attend.

Post-Play Discussion with Playwright Aaron Posner
Sat, Apr 23 in The Allen Theatre
Join ACT for a post-play discussion with Stupid Fucking Bird playwright Aaron Posner! This event is free with a ticket to the performance on Apr 23.

About Aaron Posner
Aaron Posner (Playwright) is a freelance director, playwright, and teacher. He was the founding Artistic Director of Philadelphia's Arden Theatre Company, and is an Associate Artist at the  Folger Theatre  and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. He has won numerous awards as both a director and playwright including an Outer Circle Critics Award, The John Gassner Award, a Theatre Bay Area Award, a Los Angeles Drama Circle Award, an Elliot Norton Award, three Barrymore Awards, and five Helen Hayes Awards as both director and playwright. His published and produced plays include Stupid Fucking Bird (one of the ten most produced plays in America for the 2015/16 season); Life Sucks (Or The Present Ridiculous); My Name Is Asher Lev; The Chosen; Who Am I This Time? (And Other Conundrums of Love); Sometimes a Great Notion; A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage; and many others.

Aaron  has  directed  nearly  200  productions at major  regional theatres  across the  country including Actor's Theatre of Louisville, The Alliance, American Players Theatre, The American  Repertory Theatre, The Arden Theatre Company, Arena Stage, California Shakespeare Theatre, Folger Theatre, Ford's Theatre,  Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Signature Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Studio Theatre, Theatre J, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and more. Aaron is an Eisenhower Fellow, a graduate of Northwestern University, is from Eugene, Oregon, and lives outside Washington, DC with his wife, actress Erin Weaver, and his amazing daughter, Maisie.