by Aaron Posner, sort of adapted from The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
March 30th - April 15
NYTimes: "Chekhov's SEAGULL Acquires New Wings"
In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s "The Seagull", Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be.
Original songs composed by James Sugg draw the famously subtextual inner thoughts of Chekhov’s characters explicitly to the surface. STUPID F@#%ING BIRD will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.
Runtime: 2 hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission
Strong language and brief nudity
All performances will be held at:
Queens University's Hadley Theater
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28274
Why Did Aaron Posner Rewrite Chekhov?
Special Thanks to Queens University for Hosting this Production!
Thursday, March 30 @ 7:30 PM - OPENING NIGHT
Friday, March 31 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 1 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 2 @ 2:30 PM
Wednesday, April 5 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, April 6 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, April 7 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 8 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 9 @ 2:30 PM
Tuesday, April 11 @ 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 12 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, April 13 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, April 14 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 15 @ 8:00 PM
ROB ADDISON (Dr. Eugene Sorn) is pleased to return to ATC after last year’s production of FLY BY NIGHT (McClam). A Southern California native, Rob holds an MFA from FSU/ Asolo Conservatory and has performed and directed across the country for twenty years. Some regional performing credits include: SAME TIME NEXT YEAR (George) at The Arts Trust, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (King Ferdinand) at American Stage, PRIVATE EYES (Matthew) at Centennial Theatre and LEND ME A TENOR (Max) at SRT. Locally, in four seasons at CPCC, you have seen him in OLIVER (Fagin), YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (Kemp/Hermit), SPAMALOT (Sir Bedevere et. all) and ANNIE (FDR/ Bert Healy) to name a few. He is currently the Theatre Arts teacher at Clover High School. He is extremely grateful to his entire family for their love and support.
MARIANA BRACCAILE (Nina Zachery) is originally from Newton, MA. After graduating with a B.A in Theatre Arts with a Concentration in Acting from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI she moved to NC this past summer. Her most recent work includes COMPANY (Marta), DEFYING GRAVITY (Elizabeth) at the Little Theater of Gastonia and THE FANTASTICKS (Assistant Musical Director) in King's Mountain. Other past productions include SPRING AWAKENING (Wendla) and THE FANTASTICKS (Luisa) as part of the Casino Theatre's Inaugural Summer Season. This is her ATC debut, and she is unbelievably grateful to work alongside such dedicated and talented people.
JEREMY DECARLOS (Dev Dylan) is a Carolina native with a Theater Performance degree from Winthrop University. He was most recently seen in Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's BOOTYCANDY, THE TOXIC AVENGER (Toxie), FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS PARTS 123 (Homer), ROCK OF AGES (Dennis), and RED (Ken). He currently resides in NoDa with his pups Marley and Shadow.
CARMEN R. LAWRENCE (Mash Amberson) trained in classical theatre performance at Appalachian State University. Upon graduating, she moved to Chicago to pursue her film and theatre careers. In North Carolina, she's had prominent roles in Fly By Night Theatre's 15 FEET (Celia), Appalachian Women's Theatre Troupe's DECISION HEIGHT (Eddie), and Appalachian State University's THE COUNTESS (Lady Eastlake); in Chicago, her successes included Studio One's KEELY & DU (Keely), Big Noise Theatre's LOVE, LOSS, & WHAT I WORE (Various Women), and Odd's Bodkins' AS YOU LIKE IT (Jacques). Her various film work includes an international commercial, an award winning religious short, and a full length independent feature directed by a Tisch graduate. She's overjoyed to be back in North Carolina before moving to Cincinnati for graduate school in the fall to study arts management, and she feels honored to have the chance to work with this wonderful cast on this amazing show.
SCOTT A. MILLER (Doyle Trigorin) This is Scott’s first time performing with Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte since NEXT FALL (Brandon). Other Charlotte credits include SEMINAR (Martin) and THE SANTALAND DIARIES (David) with Three Bone Theatre, PROOF (Hal) at C.A.S.T., and BENT (Horst), THE PERFORMERS (Lee), and THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD (Adam) with Queen City Theatre Company, among others. He also performed for four years with the Resident Touring Company of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (formerly the Tarradiddle Players). He studied Theatre at Elmira College in Emira, NY, and received his B.A. in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Originally from Newport, NY, Scott is a proud transplant in Charlotte, by way of Chicago.
CHESTER SHEPHERD (Conrad Arkadina) is thrilled to be back at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte doing this beautiful play. He also did BAD JEWS (Jonah) at ATC. His other work in Charlotte includes MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Benedick) and A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE (Gerald) at Paper House Theatre and JACKIE AND ME (Joey), THE CAT IN THE HAT (Boy), HARE AND TORTOISE (Hare) and JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK (Handsome Warren) at Children's Theatre of Charlotte. Chester also guided Paper House Theatre's Unrehearsed Shakespeare productions of AS YOU LIKE IT (Orlando) and TWELFTH NIGHT (Sir Andrew). Chester holds a BA in Theatre Arts & English from Bethel College and an MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University. He sends all his love and devotion to Katy and the girls.
BECCA WORTHINGTON (Emma Arkadina) is making her ATC debut. Since receiving her degree in Playwriting from James Madison University in 2002, Becca has had twelve of her plays performed in four U.S. states, two countries, and in three languages, received a playwriting scholarship to Sewanee Writer’s Conference in 2006, and served as Theatre Specialist to the Republic of Moldova during her two-year Peace Corps service. Upon her return to America, she trained in New York as an actor under Seth Barrish and Lee Brock and served as Literary Manager of award-winning off-Broadway theatre company The Barrow Group for five years. Since moving to Charlotte last year, she has acted in Three Bone Theatre’s MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD (Ensemble) and SEMINAR (Kate) and the Mecklenburg Library Foundations’s BLUEPRINT (Jenna), and she is thrilled for the opportunity to work with Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte and this outstanding cast.