By now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, that the producers, directors, and actors at Portland Center Stage are all about turning things upside down, knocking us theatre-goers back on our heels, and creating new realities for audiences. The fun part is, we get to go along for the ride. Here’s a wild one that basically invites the audience to take part, not quite on the stage as we might expect in the Ellen Bye Studio, but as close to it as we can get, in the bigger room that is the Main Stage. Very unexpected. We, as audience, tell the story along with the actors.
Stupid F***ing Bird
Robert Parish and I made a dash for the theatre space last Friday to grab a little sit-down time with Kimberly Gilbert and Darius Pierce, who both originated their roles at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in D.C. and are making its debut here at Portland Center Stage. Enjoy our video portion of the conversation, shot by Robert, and the unexpurgated podcast as well.
In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, award-winning playwright Aaron Posner wages 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 growing up can be. Winner of the Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Resident Play and Outstanding New Play or Musical.
Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission. (Check back closer to opening for a more accurate run time.)
General Performance Times:
Evenings: Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Thursdays at noon