Pioneer Players 2016-17 season takes on the classics

September 13, 2016
Pioneer Players Production

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Theatre Program has announced the 2016-17 Pioneer Players production season.

The season begins with the comedy “Stupid F***ing Bird” by Wisconsin Playwright Aaron Posner. Posner, born in Madison, is currently directing with the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin. “Stupid F***ing Bird” is an adaptation of Anton Chekov’s “The Seagull.” Performances will be held in the Center for the Arts Theatre on Oct. 12, 13, 14 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. In addition, there will be an 11 a.m. matinee on Oct. 12 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 16. The production is recommended for mature audiences.

“In Posner’s own words, ‘Stupid F***ing Bird’ is ‘sort of adapted’ from Chekov,” said Dr. Ann Dillon Farrelly, associate professor of theatre at UW-Platteville and director of the production. “While it retains many of the original’s elements, it brings a hilarious and contemporary spin to the classic play. The title alone should alert audiences to the fact that it is something different.”

The second fall show will be the Tennessee Williams classic, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which will run Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

“We have never tackled a Williams play, and I am very excited for the challenge of bringing the work of this American master to life,” said Farrelly, who will direct the production. 

The Wednesday evening performances of “Stupid F***ing Bird” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” will be benefit performances. All tickets for Benefit Wednesdays are $6, with all proceeds going to the Platteville Food Pantry and Wisconsin Badger Camp.

In the spring, the season will continue with the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and the student-directed One Act Festival.

“There is something for everyone this season,” said Farrelly. “We hope the Platteville community will come out and see our talented students.”

Show times, ticket prices and other information can be found on the theatre program’s website. Tickets may be purchased by calling the University Box Office at 608-342-1298 or by visiting the online box office at

Formatted by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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