For Immediate Release
April 25, 2017

Contact: Josh Machamer
805-756-5560; jmachame@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Departments Presents ‘Stupid F**king Bird’ May 11-13, 18-20

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present Aaron Posner’s “Stupid F**king Bird” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13 and 18-20, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

“It’s about love, art, revolution and a dead bird,” said Josh Machamer, Cal Poly theatre professor and director of the production. “The play is a modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s early 20th century classic ‘The Seagull.’ An aspiring young director yearns to break free from the shadow of his actress mother, while his young muse pines for the love of a renowned novelist. ‘Stupid F**king Bird’ pits old versus young — then versus now — in search of a life of happiness amongst a world of disappointment.”

Aaron Posner, the award-winning playwright, describes the play as a, “rough-and-tumble, meta-theatrical mash-up … a deliberately unfaithful re-imagining … that will challenge, amaze, engage and delight.”

“Stupid F**king Bird” features the work of Theatre and Dance Department students, faculty and staff, including theatre arts senior Caroline Rein, who serves as costume designer; Thomas J. Bernard, costume design mentor; Clint Bryson, scenic designer and technical director; Sarah Bryan, costume shop supervisor; and theatre arts senior Logan Smith, lighting designer. In addition, about 40 students from a variety of majors are contributing to the production through construction, backstage work, management, publicity and performance.

Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, senior citizens and children. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

The performance is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities Program.

Links
- Theatre and Dance Department: http://cla.calpoly.edu/thtrdanc.html
- College of Liberal Arts: http://cla.calpoly.edu

About the Cal Poly Theatre Program
The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts Program at Cal Poly is to provide students with a foundation in the theory and practice of theatre. By providing academic instruction, hands-on activities, and supervised training, majors will develop knowledge of the various aspects of theatre: history, dramatic literature, playwriting, performing, production, directing, design, and administrative practices. The program is delivered within a Liberal Arts framework, intended to advance the value of collaboration at all levels of study; designed to not only produce theatre artists with strong written and verbal skills, but also globally-minded citizens, prepared to enter into a variety of fields.

About the Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department
The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department provides students programs of study that integrate practical production work with theater and dance principles, theory and historical development. The department also acts as a cultural focus for the campus and San Luis Obispo community. Each year the department presents three main-stage theater productions, the Orchesis Dance Company production, and a student-directed dance concert, all showcasing the department’s important role in realizing the university’s comprehensive polytechnic identity.



Daniel Cook and Meghan Hornbacker in Aaron Posner’s “Stupid F**king Bird.”
Photos by Nesrine Majzoub

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