The Seagull (Trans. Stoppard)
by Anton Chekhov. Adapted by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Bogdan Tabacaru
Produced by Katrin Fegert
28–30 November 2019, 20:00
19–22 February 2020, 20:00
(U5 Neuperlach Zentrum)
15 October 2019, 19:00
Isabellastrasse 4, 80798 Munich
19 October 2019, 19:00
Munich Readery, Augustenstrasse 104, 80798 Munich
“It is life itself onstage with all its tragic alliances, eloquent thoughtlessness and silent sufferings – the sort of everyday life that is accessible to everyone and understood in its cruel internal irony by almost no one.” (Anatoly Koni)
The Seagull, Anton Chekhov’s great classic, that revolutionized theatre in the late 19th century, is a heart-wrenching and absurdly funny story about love, art and ill-fated ambition.
On his uncle’s estate in the Russian countryside, young writer Konstantin is preparing the performance of his first self-written play, hoping to finally impress his mother Irina, an ageing actress. Yet drama already begins to unfold as the audience arrives at the little stage by the lake: Irina has brought her lover Trigorin, a famous writer, who is admired and envied by Konstantin. Nina however, Konstantin’s girlfriend and star of his play, rapidly falls under Trigorin’s spell. Meanwhile, poor teacher Medvedenko is trying to woo Masha, the estate manager’s daughter, who in turn is pining for Konstantin. Sure enough, the premiere of his play is a complete disaster and in the aftermath, Konstantin and his guests struggle with artistic failure and unrequited love, while trying to accept or escape their petty, unsatisfying lives.
Is The Seagull a heartbreaking tale about unhappy people and their shattered dreams? Or is it a hilarious satire? Anton Chekhov, the master of psychological realism, challenges his audience to question the very nature of his play. In our Entity winter production, we are exploring Chekhov’s serious and satirical intentions, and the lives of his multi-layered deeply-conflicted characters, in a modernized timeless setting.
€18 (€12 concessions)
Reserve online: the_seagull.eventbrite.com
Esther Gilvray (Irina Arkadina), Oliver Sachgau (Konstantin), Roger Voight (Sorin), Dasha Kozlova (Nina), Shreyas Bettadapura Raghavendra (Shamraev), Camilla Bressan (Polina), Luiza Maddalozzo (Masha), Makrand Mujumdar (Trigorin), Antoine Pelletier (Dorn), Probal Shome (Medvedenko)
This amateur production of “The Seagull (trans. Stoppard)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD a Concord Theatricals Company.