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OCTOBER 4–6, 2018

Artistic Staff

YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA James Bundy, Dean Victoria Nolan, Deputy Dean Chantal Rodriguez, Associate Dean Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., Assistant Dean

Assistant Sound Designer and Engineer

KATHRYN RUVUNA Assistant Stage Manager

PRESENTS

AMANDA LUKE

The Seagull

Production Staff Associate Production Manager

MARTIN MONTANER V.

Anton Chekhov TRANSLATED BY Tom Stoppard DIRECTED BY Joan MacIntosh BY

Associate Safety Advisor

LATIANA (LT) GOURZONG Properties Master

FRANCESCA DeCICCO Master Electrician

Creative Team Choreographer

BRYANNA KIM

Cast

SARAH KARL Costume Designer

JESSIE CHEN Lighting Designer

SAMUEL KWAN CHI CHAN Sound Designer

in alphabetical order

DAKOTA STIPP Technical Director

JONATHAN JOLLY Production Dramaturg

ALEX VERMILLION Stage Manager

JULIA BATES

JOHN CARLIN MATTHEW R. MALONE HYEJIN SON KAT YEN

There will be one 10-minute intermission.

The Studio Series productions are designed to be learning experiences that complement classroom work, providing a medium for students at Yale School of Drama to combine their individual talents and energies toward the staging of collaboratively created works. Your attendance meaningfully completes this process.

Konstantin

The Maid

ABUBAKR ALI

DELILAH NAPIER

Shamraev

Yakov

JOHN R. COLLEY

WILL NIXON

Administration

Medvedenko

Nina

Associate Managing Director

JOSÉ ESPINOSA

ILIA ISORELÝS PAULINO

CAITLIN CROMBLEHOLME

Trigorin

LAURIE ORTEGA-MURPHY

Polina

EVELYN GIOVINE Dorn

ROBERT HART Irina Arkadina

LOUISA JACOBSON Sorin

North Carolina, Now.

Run Crew

JENNIFER ARCHIBALD Scenic Designer

Setting

JAKEEM POWELL

Assistant Managing Director

Management Assistant

SOHINA SIDHU

ESTEFANI CASTRO WILLIAM GAINES

The Cook

House Manager

LUCY TOMASSO

LAURA CORNWALL

Masha

JJ McGLONE

SUPPORTED BY THE BENJAMIN MORDECAI, JR. PRODUCTION FUND

Yale School of Drama productions are supported by the work of more than 200 faculty and staff members throughout the year.

Special Thanks

Lisa Lancaster and Lorraine Siggins

THE BENJAMIN MORDECAI, JR. PRODUCTION FUND, established by a graduate of the School, honors the memory of the Tony Award-winning producer who served as Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, 1982–1993, and as Associate Dean and Chair of the Theater Management Department from 1993 until his death in 2005.


Chekhov’s Seagull: Contemporizing the Pastoral I am writing a play….There are...four acts, a landscape (with the view of a lake), lots of conversation about literature, little action, and five tons of love.

—Anton Chekhov, letter to his friend Suvorin, Oct. 21, 1895 In the rural farmlands of North Carolina, an unlikely group of friends and family sits uncomfortably in stifling heat and humidity, impatiently waiting for a performance to begin. The accomplished actress clings greedily to the novelist; the novelist flirts idly with the young performer; the young performer impetuously shrugs off the love of the forlorn playwright, who is desperately adored by the farmer’s daughter. It’s a classic love hexagon. As secrets are revealed and whispered gossip feeds family drama, the members of the group anxiously bury their jealous, existential crises, and sheer boredom in aesthetic debate: What is the value of producing new dramatic forms?

Anton Chekhov admits that his play The Seagull contains “little action,” but it overflows with astute observations of a tight-knit society. He explores the full range of human behavior in four deceivingly simple acts. Chekhov uses comedy to illuminate his character’s qualities—vanity, self-doubt, inability to communicate, fear, desire, ambition—and occasionally sympathy. The Seagull is not only Chekhov’s love letter to the theater; it is a love letter to the audience, a demonstration of our potential to share, connect, and give “five tons of love” to those around us. The hardest thing might be allowing ourselves to accept love in return. —ALEX VERMILLION, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG

The

Seagull THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 AT 8PM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 3:30PM AND 8PM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 AT 4PM ISEMAN THEATER, 1156 CHAPEL STREET

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THE SEAGULL. Yale School of Drama, 2018.  

THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov, translated by Tom Stoppard, directed by Joan MacIntosh. Yale School of Drama, 2018.

THE SEAGULL. Yale School of Drama, 2018.  

THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov, translated by Tom Stoppard, directed by Joan MacIntosh. Yale School of Drama, 2018.

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