Skip to body

Central Washington University

Central Theatre Ensemble Presents Critically Acclaimed Play “Stupid F##king Bird”

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Central Theatre Ensemble’s production “Stupid F##king Bird” is a story about unrequited love, conflict through generations and the search for the meaning of it all. This contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” opens Nov. 15 in the Central Washington University Milo Smith Tower Theatre. 


The tragic comedy follows Conrad, a struggling playwright, as he desperately attempts to write a new play and balance competing relationships. Through brilliant hilarity and clever writing, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between the young and old, the past and present, in search of the truth behind what it means to make art.


This reimagining carries with it all the heart, humor, and tragic irony of the original play while bringing it into the modern era to connect with a broad audience.


“I think that this particular play, ‘Stupid F##king Bird,’ resonates with today’s audience in a way that they understand Chekhov in a way that they haven’t before,” said Patrick Dizney, CWU associate professor and director of the production. “I think people will resonate with actions that happen in the play and go, ‘Oh my God, I literally saw that in my life last year, I went through that.’”


Michael Galvin, Rachael Skaggs, Garret Deffert, Nathaniel Shipley, Anthony Wyatt Lord, Kaela  Buffum Hogan, and Julia Seligman make up the production’s small cast of seven. Even with only seven actors, this play is all hands on deck for the theatre department, with a crew of 50 working behind the scenes.


“Almost everyone in the department at some point will lay hands on it,” Dizney said.


“Stupid F##king Bird” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. There will be a matinee showing at 2 p.m. Nov. 24. All shows will be in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre.


Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors/students/alumni, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling Wildcat Tickets at 509-963-1429.


This production is recommended for mature audiences.


Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,


Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.