Anton Chekhov’s classic play, The Seagull, translated by Tom Stoppard, is often described as a tragic play about eternally unhappy people. The play centres on Konstantin, an aspiring theatre creator – whose relationship with the love of his life, Nina, his mother Arkadina, and her lover, the famous writer, Trigorin, echoes that of Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet. While Konstantin doesn’t have a kingdom or a murder to uncover, he has enough ennui to fill several John Hughes films.
Director Matt White has given the play a Canadian contemporary re-contextualization filled with references to Uber, Atwood, and vaping. Matt is inspired by the way Chekhov explores 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 will open 30 minutes prior to each performance, with engagement spaces for audience members to participate in.