The Conference of the Birds: A Colorful Persian Fable Takes Flight
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Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning writer-director Aaron Posner (The Chosen) mounts an encore performance of his latest play at the always-innovative Woolly Mammoth Theatre after its runaway success last summer. Helmed by the company's artistic director Howard Shalwitz, this admittedly loose and frequently irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull follows a famous actress whose son, an aspiring theater director, wants make a name for himself on his own. But when his muse, the lovely Nina, falls for his mother's lover, all kinds of romantic and artistic disappointment ensue. Posner turns the original play's famous subtext into scenes and songs, calling Stupid F***ing Bird "a rough-and-tumble meta-theatrical mash-up." Learn More
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I was very disappointed with the way this beautiful work of art by Farid ud Din Attar was so distastefully represented. It was quite crude, and seemed to cater to an audience which they deemed to be unappreciative of the classic work of a 13th...continued
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“A beautiful mash-up of music, physical theater … and ancient Persian poetry.” —”Washington Post_":http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/play-review-the-conference-of-the-birds-at-the-folger-theatre/2012/10/30/8e512cfc-21f6-11e2-92f8-7f9c4daf276astory.html
Stage version by Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook
Based on the poem by Farid Uddi Attar
Directed by Aaron Posner
Original music performed by Tom Teasley
A theatrical adventure soars in this poignant 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine.
“The Conference of the Birds is equal parts hero’s quest, moral fable, tall tale, adventure story, religious parable, buddy movie, and poetic flight of fancy,” says director Aaron Posner. “It is an astonishing work, and, hopefully, unlike anything you have likely ever seen before.”
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