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Stupid Fucking Bird

BY AARON POSNER

STUPID FUCKING BIRD BY AARON POSNER

SORT OF ADAPTED FROM “THE SEAGULL” BY ANTON CHEKHOV

JULY 6th-21st

AT THE PLAXALL GALLERY IN LONG ISLAND CITY


 Poster art by Paola Martinez Fiterre

Poster art by Paola Martinez Fiterre

THIS PRODUCTION, WRITTEN BY AARON POSNER, TAKES US DEEP INTO CHEKHOV’S CATHARTIC LOVE QUADRANGLE AS IT ATTEMPTS TO DISCOVER, WITH META-THEATRICALITALLY, WHAT IT TRULY MEANS TO BE AN ARTIST, AND WHAT IT TRULY MEANS TO LOVE.

  Olivier Renaud  - Conrad & Co-Producer  A French Canadian actor living in LA and NYC. He was born in Canada for lived abroad most of his life.  He started his stage career working for Cirque du Soleil at age 23 and was a working acrobat on tour and in Las Vegas for over five years.  He has studied clowning in Paris with Philippe Gaulier and Meisner Technique with Terry Knickerbocker in NYC.  His passion for acting has brought him to work in Montreal, New York and LA. This is his second time performing at Plaxall in LIC.

Olivier Renaud - Conrad & Co-Producer

A French Canadian actor living in LA and NYC. He was born in Canada for lived abroad most of his life.  He started his stage career working for Cirque du Soleil at age 23 and was a working acrobat on tour and in Las Vegas for over five years.  He has studied clowning in Paris with Philippe Gaulier and Meisner Technique with Terry Knickerbocker in NYC.  His passion for acting has brought him to work in Montreal, New York and LA. This is his second time performing at Plaxall in LIC.

  Jay William Thomas  - Dev  An Actor, Writer, and Producer who grew up in Kentucky, where he began acting at an early age. Jay Attended Western Kentucky University and obtained a BFA double Major in Acting and Directing. Jay has worked on stage, film, & television. Recently Jay worked with NBC Universal and PipeLine entertainment on a remake of Francis Ford Coppola's Dementia 13. Jay's most recent project was a short film he wrote and produced call "For Hope." Jay would like to thank Allison and Stripped Scripts for the opportunity to tackle such a wonderful role.  More info about Jay can be found at Jwilliamthomas.com or follow his Instagram @Jaybird_flyz Info about his film can be found at Riflecityproductions.com

Jay William Thomas - Dev

An Actor, Writer, and Producer who grew up in Kentucky, where he began acting at an early age. Jay Attended Western Kentucky University and obtained a BFA double Major in Acting and Directing. Jay has worked on stage, film, & television. Recently Jay worked with NBC Universal and PipeLine entertainment on a remake of Francis Ford Coppola's Dementia 13. Jay's most recent project was a short film he wrote and produced call "For Hope." Jay would like to thank Allison and Stripped Scripts for the opportunity to tackle such a wonderful role.  More info about Jay can be found at Jwilliamthomas.com or follow his Instagram @Jaybird_flyz Info about his film can be found at Riflecityproductions.com

  Mary Ruth Baggott  - Mash   Has been helping build new works from the ground up at the Workshop Theater Company for 9 years as an actor, producer and fundraiser. Some favorite acting credits include   The Rubber Room   without a net [Artistic New Directions],   Eat Dessert First  ;   Sugar Plum  ;   Lightning from Heaven   [Workshop Theater Company],   Psyche   [Tongue in Cheek Theater],   Boy’s Life   [The Seeing Place] and   Reflections of a Heart   [The Clurman/Theater Row]. She spent time studying improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and is a graduate of Circle in the Square.  www.maryruthbaggott.com

Mary Ruth Baggott - Mash

Has been helping build new works from the ground up at the Workshop Theater Company for 9 years as an actor, producer and fundraiser. Some favorite acting credits include The Rubber Room without a net [Artistic New Directions], Eat Dessert First; Sugar Plum; Lightning from Heaven [Workshop Theater Company], Psyche [Tongue in Cheek Theater], Boy’s Life [The Seeing Place] and Reflections of a Heart [The Clurman/Theater Row]. She spent time studying improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and is a graduate of Circle in the Square. www.maryruthbaggott.com

  Tana Sirois -  Nina  Graduated from The Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts, with a BA (hons) in Acting. In 2010, she co-founded Dirt [contained] Theatre Company, which makes provocative, socially conscious theatre with an absurd twist. She is excited to be working with Stripped Scripts again after directing the NYC Premiere Production of "Tomorrow In The Battle" (an Ars Nova Fling) this past October. Acting highlights include  Froggy (Blackbird), Nina (The Nina Variations), Tracy (Seascape With Sharks And Dancer), Judy (Easy Laughter) and Lais in Garden Of Delights, which she also co-produced at The Plaxall Gallery. Tana is a proud member of Katie Goodman's Broad Comedy.  www.tanasirois.com .

Tana Sirois - Nina

Graduated from The Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts, with a BA (hons) in Acting. In 2010, she co-founded Dirt [contained] Theatre Company, which makes provocative, socially conscious theatre with an absurd twist. She is excited to be working with Stripped Scripts again after directing the NYC Premiere Production of "Tomorrow In The Battle" (an Ars Nova Fling) this past October. Acting highlights include  Froggy (Blackbird), Nina (The Nina Variations), Tracy (Seascape With Sharks And Dancer), Judy (Easy Laughter) and Lais in Garden Of Delights, which she also co-produced at The Plaxall Gallery. Tana is a proud member of Katie Goodman's Broad Comedy. www.tanasirois.com.

  David Leeper  - Sorn  David is a California native making his way here in The Big Apple. He is most known for his work on “At The Flash” that he has performed in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dublin, Philadelphia, Vermont and, more recently, at FringeNYC where he was awarded an Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance. Favorite theater credits include, “Oleanna” and “Fifth of July” and on screen; his role in the horror/comedy; “Garden Party Massacre” which is collecting awards right and left in the indie world. David is a member of SAG/AFTRA, The Dramatist Guild and sits on the Board of Advisors for Pride Films and Plays in Chicago.  www.davidwleeper.com

David Leeper - Sorn

David is a California native making his way here in The Big Apple. He is most known for his work on “At The Flash” that he has performed in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dublin, Philadelphia, Vermont and, more recently, at FringeNYC where he was awarded an Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance. Favorite theater credits include, “Oleanna” and “Fifth of July” and on screen; his role in the horror/comedy; “Garden Party Massacre” which is collecting awards right and left in the indie world. David is a member of SAG/AFTRA, The Dramatist Guild and sits on the Board of Advisors for Pride Films and Plays in Chicago. www.davidwleeper.com

  Allison Threadgold - Emma   Joined the alumni ranks of the Atlantic Theater School in 2006 where she had the pleasure of tasting David Mamet’s imaginary popcorn as he critiqued her performance of Arkadna in  The Seagull . She was born in NYC the daughter of a French mother and British father. Her screen highlights include Jude in  Subprime , Karen in  Vice  and the lead in a new short called  Seconds . On stage performances include the Nurse in  Romeo and Juliet  (PaxAmicus), Anna in a touring musical of Pope John Paul II’s  The Jeweler’s Shop , and the premieres of  The Summerhouse  & George Cameron Grant's  Gratitude  (Manhattan Theater Rep) ,  and Tomorrow in the Battle by Kieron Barry (Ars Nova Fling). She is the founder & producer of a bi-coastal theater company called Stripped Scripts®. www.allisonthreadgold.com   

Allison Threadgold - Emma

Joined the alumni ranks of the Atlantic Theater School in 2006 where she had the pleasure of tasting David Mamet’s imaginary popcorn as he critiqued her performance of Arkadna in The Seagull. She was born in NYC the daughter of a French mother and British father. Her screen highlights include Jude in Subprime, Karen in Vice and the lead in a new short called Seconds. On stage performances include the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (PaxAmicus), Anna in a touring musical of Pope John Paul II’s The Jeweler’s Shop, and the premieres of The Summerhouse & George Cameron Grant's Gratitude (Manhattan Theater Rep), and Tomorrow in the Battle by Kieron Barry (Ars Nova Fling). She is the founder & producer of a bi-coastal theater company called Stripped Scripts®. www.allisonthreadgold.com

 

  Donal Brophy  - Trigorin  Originally from Dublin Ireland, Donal is a graduate of the William Esper Studio. Recent credits include Punch Drunks Sleep No More, The lifetime Original Movie MY SORDID AFFAIR the Universal Pictures release Dementia 13, CBS Blue Bloods and Lord Henry in The Picture of Dorian Grey. Donal is excited to be apart of the Stripped Scripts crew.

Donal Brophy - Trigorin

Originally from Dublin Ireland, Donal is a graduate of the William Esper Studio. Recent credits include Punch Drunks Sleep No More, The lifetime Original Movie MY SORDID AFFAIR the Universal Pictures release Dementia 13, CBS Blue Bloods and Lord Henry in The Picture of Dorian Grey. Donal is excited to be apart of the Stripped Scripts crew.

   Adam Knight    -   Director     Has directed premieres by Lucy Alibar, Bekah Brunstetter, Matt Dellapina, Lawrence Dial, Michele Lowe, David Lee Nelson, and Mat Smart, among others, at venues such as Ars Nova, E.S.T. Youngblood, HERE, Poetry Project, P.S.122, and The Tank. Recent credits:   Navigator in Love  (Red Lab),  In The Room  (Slant Theatre Project),  Naperville  (Slant),  Exit Carolyn  (Sans A/Drilling Company),  Polaroid Stories  (Strasberg),  No No No Yes  (Ars Nova ANT Fest). Regional:  Stages  (NC Stage),  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike  (PURE Theatre),  The Elephant in My Closet  (WaterTower Theatre),  The 13th of Paris  (Warehouse Theatre),  Come Blow Your Horn  (Millbrook Playhouse). Assistant/Associate credits include Signature Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown, Folger Shakespeare Theatre. He is co-Artistic Director of Slant Theatre Project and Executive Director of Red Lab, a company devoted to international collaborations. www.adamknightnyc.com           Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Adam Knight - Director

Has directed premieres by Lucy Alibar, Bekah Brunstetter, Matt Dellapina, Lawrence Dial, Michele Lowe, David Lee Nelson, and Mat Smart, among others, at venues such as Ars Nova, E.S.T. Youngblood, HERE, Poetry Project, P.S.122, and The Tank. Recent credits: Navigator in Love (Red Lab), In The Room (Slant Theatre Project), Naperville (Slant), Exit Carolyn (Sans A/Drilling Company), Polaroid Stories (Strasberg), No No No Yes (Ars Nova ANT Fest). Regional: Stages (NC Stage), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (PURE Theatre), The Elephant in My Closet (WaterTower Theatre), The 13th of Paris (Warehouse Theatre), Come Blow Your Horn (Millbrook Playhouse). Assistant/Associate credits include Signature Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown, Folger Shakespeare Theatre. He is co-Artistic Director of Slant Theatre Project and Executive Director of Red Lab, a company devoted to international collaborations. www.adamknightnyc.com

 

 

 

Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

  Didi Marrero  - Stage Manager   Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, and is therefore a diehard Yankee fan. He studied filmmaking at Northwestern University (with a brief detour through Brazil), though his favorite on set job was an acting role as a deranged Cajun fisherman. In his free time he volunteers at the City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His favorite stupid f*cking bird is the humble chicken.

Didi Marrero - Stage Manager

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, and is therefore a diehard Yankee fan. He studied filmmaking at Northwestern University (with a brief detour through Brazil), though his favorite on set job was an acting role as a deranged Cajun fisherman. In his free time he volunteers at the City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His favorite stupid f*cking bird is the humble chicken.

   Jonathan Sanford     (Composer):  was born in Baltimore, Maryland and started piano lessons at Unseld’s School at the age of six. He moved on to violin before deciding on the saxophone at age nine and went on to study classical saxophone, under the tutelage of Dr. Frederick Hemke at Northwestern University, where he was also a member of the 1996 Big Ten Championship Football Team. While in school, he wrote an original musical as well as an experimental musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. He was a member of Chicago funk mainstay acts, Sweet Sweet Candy and Fly Williams, as a saxophonist and rapper, releasing albums with both bands. On the coattails of his appearance on General Hospital, Sanford made the move to Los Angeles, where he currently resides. He continued playing saxophones in local acts until he made the switch to electronic music and composition, writing and performing with the eclectic Mr. Tiny’s Electric Toy Band. Jonathan was a founding member of the new music group Collide, along with Third Coast Percussion member David Skidmore and concert pianist Jade Simmons. The group served as artist in residence at Georgia Tech, worked with a musical performing robot at Yale, and debuted a work from Princeton professor Dmitri Tymoczko.     In addition to his work with bands, Jonathan has shared the stage with legendary artists, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, and Bobby McFerrin. Today, Sanford is composing and producing music for television, film, and advertisements (Apple, Nike, Audi, Coke, and others) as well as producing records with independent pop artists. Most recently his music score was heard in the short film “The Homestay” by Priyanka Mattoo at Cannes Film Festival, May 2018.     

Jonathan Sanford (Composer): was born in Baltimore, Maryland and started piano lessons at Unseld’s School at the age of six. He moved on to violin before deciding on the saxophone at age nine and went on to study classical saxophone, under the tutelage of Dr. Frederick Hemke at Northwestern University, where he was also a member of the 1996 Big Ten Championship Football Team. While in school, he wrote an original musical as well as an experimental musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. He was a member of Chicago funk mainstay acts, Sweet Sweet Candy and Fly Williams, as a saxophonist and rapper, releasing albums with both bands. On the coattails of his appearance on General Hospital, Sanford made the move to Los Angeles, where he currently resides. He continued playing saxophones in local acts until he made the switch to electronic music and composition, writing and performing with the eclectic Mr. Tiny’s Electric Toy Band. Jonathan was a founding member of the new music group Collide, along with Third Coast Percussion member David Skidmore and concert pianist Jade Simmons. The group served as artist in residence at Georgia Tech, worked with a musical performing robot at Yale, and debuted a work from Princeton professor Dmitri Tymoczko. In addition to his work with bands, Jonathan has shared the stage with legendary artists, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, and Bobby McFerrin. Today, Sanford is composing and producing music for television, film, and advertisements (Apple, Nike, Audi, Coke, and others) as well as producing records with independent pop artists. Most recently his music score was heard in the short film “The Homestay” by Priyanka Mattoo at Cannes Film Festival, May 2018.

 

  Marissa Riggs  - Assistant Stage Manager  Currently working on her BFA at NYU (Playwrights Horizons) with a concentration in acting and play writing. She holds an Associate's degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Los Angeles), but is originally from San Antonio, TX. She  is thrilled to be stage managing this production of   Stupid Fucking Bird,   and hopes it helps her get over her fear of birds.   She would like to thank Tana Sirois, Allison Threadgold, and Adam Knight for the opportunity to direct this fun and exciting play! 

Marissa Riggs - Assistant Stage Manager

Currently working on her BFA at NYU (Playwrights Horizons) with a concentration in acting and play writing. She holds an Associate's degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Los Angeles), but is originally from San Antonio, TX. She is thrilled to be stage managing this production of Stupid Fucking Bird, and hopes it helps her get over her fear of birds. She would like to thank Tana Sirois, Allison Threadgold, and Adam Knight for the opportunity to direct this fun and exciting play! 

  Eric Goodman  - Lighting Designer   A   musician, video producer, and lighting designer living in New York City. He studied digital music, music composition, economics and philosophy at Cornell University, as well as video production and film scoring at the New York City Center for the Media Arts. For over fifteen years, Eric has produced the award-winning multimedia rock show  The Spectacle , an evolving exploration of the nature and effects of our corporate-controlled, media-saturated, technological society. He has performed the show at theaters, colleges, conferences, film and music festivals, and performing arts venues throughout the United States. Eric is currently a resident artist of LIC Artists, based at the iconic Plaxall Gallery in Queens, NY, where he continues developing  The Spectacle  while assisting with other productions. He recently designed lights for The Navigators’  Escape Velocity , and is excited to be joining forces with Stripped Scripts and the wonderful cast and crew of  Stupid Fucking Bird . 

Eric Goodman - Lighting Designer

A musician, video producer, and lighting designer living in New York City. He studied digital music, music composition, economics and philosophy at Cornell University, as well as video production and film scoring at the New York City Center for the Media Arts. For over fifteen years, Eric has produced the award-winning multimedia rock show The Spectacle, an evolving exploration of the nature and effects of our corporate-controlled, media-saturated, technological society. He has performed the show at theaters, colleges, conferences, film and music festivals, and performing arts venues throughout the United States. Eric is currently a resident artist of LIC Artists, based at the iconic Plaxall Gallery in Queens, NY, where he continues developing The Spectacle while assisting with other productions. He recently designed lights for The Navigators’ Escape Velocity, and is excited to be joining forces with Stripped Scripts and the wonderful cast and crew of Stupid Fucking Bird

 Paola Pfiterre

Paola Pfiterre

About the Show:

JULY 6th-21st

AT THE PLAXALL GALLERY IN LONG ISLAND CITY

(New York, NY) – Stripped Scripts® (“Tomorrow In The Battle, an Ars Nova Fling), in association with Long Island City Artists Inc. and The Plaxall Gallery (“Garden Of Delights”), has announced that it will present Aaron Posner’s STUPID F##KING BIRD, a satirical spin on the Chekhov’s classic text, “The Seagull”, directed by Adam Knight (“In The Room, “Naperville”), running July 6th – July 21st,  Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at The Plaxall Gallery (5-25 46 Avenue, Long Island City).

Performances of STUPID F##KING BIRD: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8PM, July 6th through July 21st.

The play, written by Aaron Posner, reimagines Chekhov’s classic text as a contemporary artist’s journey attempting to find new forms of art by living in this present moment. The characters’ stories are at once hysterical, tragic and cathartic as they desperately attempt to find out what it means to be an artist. This meta-theatrical experience, grounded in the disappointment inherent in growing up in the world we live in today, asks the question: Art, Love Happiness… can we have it all?

LIC-A will curate an exhibition specifically themed to Stripped Scripts®’ Stupid F##king Bird, titled Yours, And Always, Only Yours. Both events will take place in The Plaxall Gallery's 12,000 sq ft warehouse space. This unique artistic experience will couple a curated LIC-A Member’s Art Exhibition with Aaron Posner’s dynamic play, Stupid F##king Bird. LIC-A’s Yours, And Always, Only Yours exhibition, inspired by Stupid F##king Bird, will open on July 5th, and will be on view until August 5th. Gallery hours: Thursday from 6pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-6pm.

The cast of STUPID F##KING BIRD features OLIVIER RENAUD (Cirque De Soliel), JAY THOMAS (”Dementia 13”), MARY RUTH BAGGOTT (“Brokers”), TANA SIROIS (“Broad Comedy”), DAVID LEEPER (“At The Flash”), ALLISON THREADGOLD (“Tomorrow In The Battle”)AND DONAL BROPHY (“Sleep No More”).

AARON POSNER (Playwright) is an American playwright, theatre director, and co-founder of the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. He has previously adapted The Chosen based on a novel of the same name, My Name Is Asher Lev, based on Potok’s 1972 novel. He has adapted Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (titled Life Sucks) and Three Sisters titled (No Sisters).

ADAM KNIGHT (Director) is co-founder of the Off-Off Broadway Slant Theatre Project, where he has produced 25 world premieres and worked with artists such as Lucy Alibar, Bekah Brunstetter, Adam Rapp and Mat Smart. NYC credits include projects with Cherry Lane, Ensemble Studio Theatre, aMios Theatre, Poetry Project, Drilling Company, The Tank, 59E59, Roust Theatre Company and HERE Arts Center. Regionally, he has worked at Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Warehouse Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse, PURE theatre, WaterTower Theatre and Williamstown Theatre Festival.
The design team includes artwork by Paola Martinez Fiterre, lighting design by Eric Goodman, and stage management by Didi Marrero and Marissa Riggs.

ABOUT LIC ARTISTS, INC.

LIC Artists, Inc. (LIC-A), is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts advocacy organization founded in 1986 by artists in Long Island City. In October of 2016, Plaxall, a plastics manufacturing company, generously donated a 12,000 sq ft warehouse space to serve as an art gallery and performing arts venue with the intention of creating an exciting and vibrant community fine arts center. LIC-A presents monthly exhibitions, art classes, theatrical productions, dance and music performances special events. (www.licartists.org)

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