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Arlekin Players Theatre Presents Anton Chekvov’s The Seagull
December 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 7, 2019
Arlekin Players Theatre presents Anton Chekhov’s classic dark comedy The Seagull, featuring members of the Arlekin company performing alongside three of Boston’s favorite professional actors (Anne Gottlieb** (Irina Arkadina), Nael Nacer** (Boris Trigorin), and Eliott Purcell** (Konstantin Treplev), in a newly adapted version of The Seagull , based on translation by Ryan McKittrick and Julia Smeliansky. Performances will take place Fridays-Sundays, November 8 – December 8, 2019 (*see below*) at Arlekin Players Theatre in Needham.
“Through this production, Arlekin seeks to bridge the world of Chekhov to today’s contemporary theatre scene, exploring how the timeless work speaks to artists of all cultures, says Artistic Director Igor Golyak. “By mixing different languages, and delving into Chekhov’s world through his journals, letters and the play itself, we seek answers to our own struggles as artists, and as people in the 21st century. Through the examination of this cohesion and collision of different cultures, languages, and backgrounds, Arlekin seeks to create dialogue around human understanding and compassion.”
According to Golyak, “While the play thematically revolves around the dominant idea of art and theater, ever-expanding voids grow between the characters, ultimately leading to the suicide of an artist. The Arlekin production explores that conflicted nature in artists–the longing to realize oneself and stand up against the deadening of the arts, of people, and of life–often existing at the expense of lasting relationships, loved ones, and even one’s very existence. Yet, it leads to the creation of an enduring work of art, whose beauty the artist discovered through his sacrifice, that heals and unites people.”
The creative team features Nikolay Simonov (scenographer), Nastya Bugaeva (costume design), Jeff Adelberg (lighting design), Jakov Jakoulov (original score) and a nine-member cast including Anne Gottlieb** (Irina Arkadina) Eliott Purcell** (Konstantin Treplev), Dev Luthra (Pyotr Sorin), Irina Bordian (Nina Zarechnaya), Alexander Petetsky (Ilya Shamraev, Darya Denisova (Masha Shamraev), Nael Nacer** (Boris Trigorin), Igor Golyak (Yevgeny Dorn/Yakov) and Eric Andrews (Semyon Medvedenko).
** signifies member of the Actors Equity Association
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