THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov
Followed by THE STRONGER
William Allman Theatre,
Kleist Center for Arts and Drama,
95 East Bagley Road, Berea
$10; $5 for seniors & non-BW students;
BW students/employees free.
Call (440) 826-2240
BW Theatre Stages Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL, Plus Bonus One-Act Play
The dual performances take place in the intimate William Allman Theatre, Kleist Center for Arts and Drama, 95 East Bagley Road, Berea.
First produced in 1896, THE SEAGULL became incredibly popular when the Moscow Art Theatre, under the leadership of Konstantin Stanislavski, produced it in 1898. Chekhov, a doctor who wrote to pay the bills, considered his work a light comedy, which led to disagreements with Stanislavski.
In fact, even though the two men were both associated with the Moscow Art Theatre, they had creative differences surrounding the tone of Chekhov’s work, with Stanislavski wanting to focus more on the serious side and Chekhov wanting a more lighthearted focus. Since that fateful reinvention, Chekhov’s work has not only become synonymous with the Moscow Art Theatre but has been performed all over the world.
"Collaboration of Two Theatrical Giants"
Director Adam Heffernan says THE SEAGULL makes a perfect addition to the BW season because the subject matter, which surrounds the life of two actors and two writers, is relevant to theatre students.
“This is the perfect play to work on with students studying theatre,” Heffernan said. “Stanislavski is the father of modern acting, and Chekhov is the father of the modern play. History has a handful of geniuses, and this particular piece features the collaboration of two theatrical giants.”
The New York Times observed about THE SEAGULL, “Chekhov’s work sees the human condition as an exercise in frustration that is both comic (“Ha! They can’t get what they want”) and tragic (“Sob! They can never get what they want”). And he works both sides of that equation more successfully than any playwright.”
Bonus Short Play an Intense Snapshot of Life
The performance of THE STRONGER, directed by Daniel Hahn, is a one-act play with two women, only one of whom speaks. One theatre reviewer wrote of THE STRONGER, “in this one simple scene (playwright August) Strindberg creates an episode of incredible, poetic power – a snapshot of life so intense, so powerful, that it rivals Beckett at his best. … it is a play that takes little more than ten minutes to read/perform, but that one can easily spend hours thinking about afterwards.”
Tickets for THE SEAGULL, with THE STRONGER, are available in person or by phone from the Kleist Center Box Office for $10 per person; with a senior and off-campus student discount of $5. BW students/employees are free. Call (440) 826-2240