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Stupid F*cking Bird
Stupid F*cking Bird serves a sort of irreverent translation of another title, Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull—which about sums up the relationship between the two plays themselves. Playwright Aaron Posner has built a prolific career from off-kilter adaptations of literature ranging from Mark Twain to David Foster Wallace, and he brings his signature bag of metatheatrical tricks to the tale of a gloomy young writer, his spotlight-stealing actress mother, and the friends and rivals who gather around them.
Transposed to the present day, the characters solicit advice from the audience, criticize the stage sets, and—in a spirit little removed from Chekhov’s own—rant against the prevailing theatrical climate. According to LA Weekly, “It’s Stoppardian smart and, despite its modest ambitions and occasional glimmers of self-deprecation, offers unexpectedly authentic and affecting insights into love’s cruelties and the existential conundrums at the heart of Chekhov’s plays.”
The Pearl Theatre
The Pearl's bookshelf may be filled with plenty of classic scripts, but there's not so much as a speck of dust on any of their pages. Formed in 1984 with the mission of protecting, honoring, and breathing new life into some of history's greatest plays, the company and its ensemble of resident actors tackle beloved masterpieces and little-known gems with equal abandon. There's even room for a contemporary adaptation or two, some world-premiere translations, and the occasional new play, such as Terrence McNally's And Away We Go—a work written especially for The Pearl.
But just as the award-winning ensemble tends to the great plays of the past and present, they also help shape works of the future through The Pearl Conservatory. This education program welcomes artists of all ages to classes helmed by the resident actors, where they learn to strengthen their skills, embrace new techniques, and hide inside of giant oysters as needed.