The Seagull

Family portrait painting of 4 people with a seagullWritten by: Anton Chekhov

Translated by: Tom Stoppard

Directed by: Matt White

Associate Director: Joanna Cleary

Performances: November 13 - 16, 2019

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Matinee: November 14 at 12 p.m.

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

Growing up is already hard enough, but try having a mother who is a self-absorbed actress and is dating an effortlessly successful writer, who then charms your own girlfriend into falling in love with him. This is the unfortunate reality of Konstantin, a young artist struggling to find his place in a world where everyone is living big lives, filled with big emotions, and big dreams.

In The Seagull, characters spoke of love and art the way people today speak about climate change. Passionately. On the razor’s edge. And it is all very funny. Chekhov insisted the play is a comedy and director, Matt White, focused on pushing these little dramas, mining them for as much comic gold as the company could find.

The play was been given a Canadian contemporary re-contextualization filled with references to Uber, Atwood, and vaping. While these details were updated with observations of idiosyncrasies we might not be proud of, such the obsessions that distract us from making actual connections with one another, they felt just as true and accurate today as it did over 100 years ago. Chekhov explored the desperate measures people will go to for love, for acceptance, and for survival, while also demonstrating the unrealistic expectations people place on each other to give them meaning. In The Seagull, there are no pills to take to make life worth living. You simply keep going. Or you don’t.

Doors opened 30 minutes prior to each performance, with an engagement space in which audience members could explore. 

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