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Inaugural theater production at Sloan Performing Arts Center opens December 2

November 29, 2021
Man lifts a woman up in an embrace during a performance of Stupid F-cking Bird.Molly Goonan ’25 (right, playing Nina) and Miles Harrison ’22 (playing Con) in the International Theatre Program’s production of Stupid F*cking Bird, by Aaron Posner. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

The University of Rochester’s International Theatre Program returns to in-person performances this fall as it presents Aaron Posner’s Stupid F*cking Bird, opening Thursday, December 2, in the new Smith Theater at the Sloan Performing Arts Center. The production is the program’s first to be held in the new performance space.

The play is an award-winning modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, featuring memorable characters bound together in complex love triangles. Nigel Maister, the Russel and Ruth Peck Artistic Director of the theater program, calls Posner’s work a “perceptive, funny, and thought-provoking contemporary play.”

Maister also serves as the show’s scenic designer. Costume design is by Rodrigo Munoz; lighting design is by Emma Deane; sound design and music is composed by Obadiah Eaves; and Alexa Scott-Flaherty serves as voice and acting coach.

Showtimes and tickets for Stupid F*cking Bird

  • Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 3 at 7 p.m. Free tickets are available for University students for this performance (Institute for the Performing Arts Night)
  • Saturday, December 4 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. Free tickets are available for University of Rochester students for this performance (English Department Night)
  • Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 11 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for University of Rochester students with ID card; $12 for faculty, staff, alumni, and seniors (65+); and $15 for general admission.

  • Buy tickets online. You can also get tickets at the Common Market at Wilson Commons or at the Sloan Center’s Box Office (one hour before the curtain).

COVID-19 protocols: All audience members must be masked at all times. Proof of vaccination is required at the door for all non-University of Rochester faculty, staff, and students. Audiences are seated with regular seat spacing.

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Category: The Arts