Cambridge, Mass. — The American Repertory Theatre presents the fourth production of its 2008-09 Season: Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece The Seagull, in a translation by Paul Schmidt and directed by János Szász, at the A.R.T.’s Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge. The production performances runs through Sunday, February 1.

«We have to show life not the way it is, or the way it should be, but the way it is in dreams.» — Konstantin in The Seagull

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Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina, a famous but aging actress, arrives at her brother’s country estate with her lover, the prominent writer Trigorin. Her son Konstantin is infatuated with Nina, the beautiful girl next door and also an aspiring actress. Konstantin has written and staged a symbolist drama with Nina in the lead role. When his mother ridicules his avant-garde endeavor, Konstantin storms off in a rage. Trigorin, meanwhile, is intrigued by Nina. Before long, she falls in love with Trigorin and eventually follows him back to Moscow, where they have a disastrous affair. Years later, Nina returns to the estate to see Konstantin one last time. Written in 1896, Chekhov’s tragicomedy of life and art astonished the old century as it heralded the birth of modern drama. Dreams born and shattered, loves won and lost – The Seagull paints a rich and tumultuous portrait of the human heart. Director János Szász, whose lush and cinematic productions (Mother Courage, Marat/Sade, Desire Under the Elms, and Uncle Vanya) have made him a favorite with A.R.T. audiences, returns to stage this beautiful and haunting play.

The professional acting company includes A.R.T. actors Thomas Derrah as Dorn, Jeremy Geidt as Sorin, Karen MacDonald as Arkadina, and Remo Airaldi as Shamrayev; they are joined by returning actors Mickey Solis as Konstantin, Molly Ward as Nina, and incoming actors Brian Dykstra as Trigorin and Cheryl D. Singleton as Paulina. A.R.T. Institute’s second-year actors Shawn Cody as Medvedenko and Nina Kassa as Masha complete the cast. Set design is by Szász’s collaborator Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, and sound design by David Remedios.

WHEN:
Th Jan 15 7:30pm Under 35 Night
Fr Jan 16 8:00pm HOT DATE
Sa Jan 17 2:00pm & 8:00pm (Playback: post play discussion after matinee performance)
Su Jan 18 2:00pm & 7:30pm HOT DATE

Tu Jan 20 7:30pm
We Jan 21 7:30pm
Th Jan 22 7:30pm
Fr Jan 23 8:00pm Out at A.R.T.
Sa Jan 24 2pm & 8:00pm (Playback: post play discussion after matinee performance)
Su Jan 25 2pm & 7:30pm (Pre-play discussion at 1pm)

Tu Jan 27 7:30pm
We Jan 28

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