Theatrix stages modern remix of 'The Seagull'

Theatrix stages modern remix of 'The Seagull'

The student performance of “Stupid F****** Bird,” a modern reboot of Anton Checkov’s “The Seagull,” features performances by Nick Prior (left) and Taylor Winks.
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The student performance of “Stupid F****** Bird,” a modern reboot of Anton Checkov’s “The Seagull,” features performances by Nick Prior (left) and Taylor Winks.

Nebraska theatre students will present a modern remix of Anton Checkov’s classic “The Seagull” from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 in the Temple Building’s Lab Theatre.

The production of “Stupid F****** Bird” is produced by Theatrix, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s student-run theatre company within the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Written by Aaron Posner, the play is directed by Paul Schack, a junior theatre performance and directing management major.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 3. The play contains mature language, adult themes and artificial gunshots that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Tickets are available for $7 online or at the door one hour prior to performance (cash only).

“While most of the characters are similar and the plot follows the same essential progression (as ‘The Seagull’), the play has been adjusted and adapted to more effectively serve a contemporary audience,” Schack said. “Both works show the passions of people feeling pressure and unrequited love.”

The production stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present — an aspiring young director rampaging against the art created by his mother’s generation, and a nubile young actress wrestling with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist.

Everyone within the story discovers just how disappointing love, art and growing up can be.

Featured performers include Simon Gissler and Nick Prior, junior theatre performance majors; Taylor Winks, Grant Koch and Karen Richards, sophomore theatre performance majors; Elaine Stueve, freshman theatre performance major; and Ethan Greenlee, freshman directing/management major.

Costume design for the production is by Tatianna Hizar, junior theatre performance major. Sound design is done by Emily Callahan, junior technical theatre major. Lights design is done by Mattie McIntosh, senior technical theatre and film/new media major. Props master is Griffin Gissler, freshman technical theatre major. Scenic designer is Josiah Morgan. The stage manager is Sara Rueschhoff, junior technical theatre and journalism double major.

Learn more about Theatrix productions.