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Northwestern University - Wirtz Center
Stage Russia HD: THE SEAGULL
By Anton Chekhov. Directed by Yury Butusov. A Satirikon Theatre production.
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 2:00PM
Ethel M. Barber Theatre
30 Arts Circle Drive
on the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University
Located on the southeast part of the Evanston Campus, just off Sheridan Road and Campus Drive. The Barber Theatre is at the top of the hill facing the lake, right next to the Block Museum, in the Arts Circle.
STAGE RUSSIA HD films productions from Russia's most renowned theater companies and distributes them in HD into cinemas across the globe. Presented in Russian with English subtitles. Part of our Stage On Screen series.
Anton Chekhov’s first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin Tréplev. Yury Butusov's frenetic production abounds in an incredible freedom and openness, delving deep into the throes of artistic creation and the anguish of the artist who struggles to find a language of his own. This is not only a performance about the theatre, it is an anthology of the theatre that devours its children like monsters. With the shuffling of actors' roles, you begin to sense something of a quadraphonic portrait of the creative personality, which demonstrates that greatness is precariously close to mediocrity while suggesting that the opposite is also true. Chekhov's characters are in the process of creating their lives or watching them fall apart, which, according to Butusov, may be a closely related activity.
Running time is 3 hours and 50 minutes, with one 15 intermission.