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Stupid F##king Bird opening at Lycoming College Mary L. Welch Theatre

Stupid F##king Bird opening at Lycoming College Mary L. Welch Theatre

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The Lycoming College theatre department will wrap up its 2023-2024 season with a production of Aaron Posner’s “Stupid F##king Bird.” The show runs April 17-20 in the Mary L. Welch Theatre on the Lycoming College campus, with all shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase beginning today.

“Stupid F##king Bird” is a play that explores unrequited love and the struggle of creating art in Aaron Posner's contemporary (somewhat) adaptation of “The Seagull” by Anton Checkhov. This hilariously dark play follows two generations of artists as they deal with heartbreak, fame, family, and a dead seagull.

The following Lycoming students have been cast in the production:

  • Dev is played by Chayton Wesneski ’25, creative writing major with a minor in theatre;
  • Mash is played by Julia Martin ’25, painting major who is working toward education certification;
  • Conrad is played by Chase Bower ’26, creative writing and corporate communication double major with a minor in German;
  • Nina is played by Rachel Wright ’25, theatre major with a minor criminal justice and criminology;
  • Emma Arkadina is played by McKayla Cobb ’24, theatre major with a minor in anthropology;
  • Doyle Trigorin is played by Doug Dixey ’25, theatre major with a minor in music; and
  • Eugene Sorn is played by Thatcher Gunnells ’25, creative writing and theatre double major.

“Directing ‘Stupid F##king Bird’ is an exciting experience because of the meta-theatrical nature of the play. It is a play that contains a play and is all based on a classic Russian play. It’s darkly funny and I think audiences will enjoy it,” said Matt Ripa, visiting assistant professor of theatre at Lycoming College and director of the show.

Tickets for Lycoming students and faculty are complimentary, but seats must be reserved through bigtickets ahead of time. General admission tickets are $10.

Lycoming College’s theatre program is full of opportunities for practical experience. Students flourish as they explore concentrations in acting, directing, musical theatre, design/technology, and stage management. As early as freshman year, students are encouraged to audition for shows and become involved in productions. The curriculum combines practical training in every aspect of theatre with a look back at the history and literature that has shaped theatre as an art form. More information on theatre at Lycoming College can be found online.

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