With the newest production over at The 5 & Dime, you’ll be too busy rearranging your heart, guts, and head to congratulate yourself on picking a suitable form of evening entertainment. Because Stupid Fucking Bird isn’t going to let you off easy. And The 5 & Dime isn’t going to let you forget that powerful theatre can’t be pigeonholed. It can be challenging and gratifying, mystifying and intelligent. It can be so much more than entertainment. Find out more after the jump!
In the times of Ancient Greece, going to see theatre was a required civil duty. During Shakespeare’s formative years, theatre was relegated to “dens of iniquity” outside city walls, where performances took place in open arenas with boisterous, interactive audiences.
What is theatre like in Jacksonville?
It’s near impossible to be more than ten miles away from any ongoing theatre production. For a metropolis-sized small town, that’s pretty impressive. And that’s not even including theatre that goes beyond the confines of a traditional “play.”
Over in the Urban Core, The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company is in the midst of challenging those confines. For the curious layman, most play-watching experiences consist of arriving in a nicely furbished theatre, cup of wine and playbill in each hand, followed by watching actors on a stage interact with emotions and each other. If it’s a musical, there will be song and dance. Quite possibly an intermission. Then, the plot wraps up, the lights come on, and people clap, congratulating themselves on picking a suitable form of evening entertainment.
However, for those opting to experience The 5 & Dime’s Stupid Fucking Bird, please disregard all the aforementioned details of what usually happens while watching a play.
The 5 & Dime’s warehouse provides an intriguing space for theatre. It's the first clue that what’s going to unfold is far from run-of-the-mill. You may find yourself in a seat, cup of wine and playbill in each hand. But after that, the play-watching template goes out the window.
Stupid Fucking Bird is a new take on an old bird---Chekhov’s The Seagull, to be exact. The play deals with numerous wayward souls trying to decide what’s worth loving or creating, even questioning the importance of art’s resiliency and if it needs to be expounded upon… or just left alone to do what it’s always done.
Besides the kitchen sink, audiences are hit with absurdist humor, crippling pathos, meta discussion, song and dance, as well as a duo of musicians who provides a wonderful score throughout the piece. There’s profanity, insanity, and ever-present calamity. Improvisational elements encourage audience participation and engagement. More than once, you will likely forget that you are watching a play, forget that you are watching characters, and forget that you know the depths of the human condition.
Afterwards, you’ll be too busy rearranging your heart, guts, and head to congratulate yourself on picking a suitable form of evening entertainment. Because Stupid Fucking Bird isn’t going to let you off easy. And The 5 & Dime isn’t going to let you forget that powerful theatre can’t be pigeonholed. It can be challenging and gratifying, mystifying and intelligent. It can be so much more than entertainment. And that’s the fucking truth.
Don’t miss out! Three performances left! Limited tickets still available!
text by cameron pfahler
STUPID FUCKING BIRD by Aaron Posner
Directed by CHRISTOPHER FARRELL
Thursday, February 25th
Friday, February 26th (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, February 27th (SOLD OUT)
All performances at 7:30PM
THE 5 & DIME WAREHOUSE
700 East Union Street,
Tickets are $20
Franklin Ritch as Con
Ashley Macko as Nina
Rebecca Wucker as Mash
Jay Bilderback as Dev
Sinda Nichols as Emma
Scott Broughton as Trig
T.R. Hainline as Sorn
Director: Christopher Farrell
Assistant Director: Matt Powers Tompkins
Stage Manager: Eric Yarham
Set Design: Tom Fallon
Costume Design: Lee Hamby
Graphic Design: Kelby Siddons