The Seagull

The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov, Anton Korenev


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What can we learn about love and life from one of the greatest plays of all time, written by one of the greatest writers of all time, who also happened to define modern theater as we know it?

"Many conversations about literature, little action, and five poods [181 pounds] of love." That is how Anton Chekhov described his comedy, in which Medvedenko loves Masha, Masha loves Treplev, Treplev loves Nina, and Nina loves Trigorin, all while Shamrayev loves Polina Andreyevna, Polina Andreyevna loves Dorn, Dorn loves Arkadina, and Arkadina loves Trigorin. The situation becomes less comedic for a little while when two of these characters fall in love with each other, but "the circumstances have unexpectedly made it so that" this arcadia does not last too long. There is "little action" in the play, just the characters living their lives: some suffer from the creative process, some search for fame, some desperately try to live, some constantly attempt to end their life, all while new art forms are struggling to coexist with the old . . . and-did we forget?-everyone is looking for love . . .

Translated by a Russian actor and director, this dramatic translation is deeply rooted in insights from his ongoing work on his own theatrical production as director and on the character of Trigorin as actor. Many textual and visual elements and clues that are essential to the story and character interpretation are presented in the English language for the first time. Additional materials, including the translator and director's selected notes and audio and video resources, are available on the complementary website

Ч, the service and trade mark for our undertakings related to The Seagull, is both a letter in the Russian alphabet and a number.

The letter, pronounced as [ch], or [tch], is the first letter of the following relevant words in Russian:

  • the family name of the playwright
  • the name of the play [cháika]
  • the family name of the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, a contemporary and friend of Chekhov, whose music is used extensively in the theatrical production
  • the word for the number four [chetýre]

The number symbolizes:

  • the four acts
  • the four seasons corresponding to each of the four acts
  • the four movements in a symphony
  • the four characters, whose lives intertwine the most

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ISBN-13: 9781953608000
Publisher: Anton Korenev Entertainment
Publication date: 08/24/2021
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Anya Reiss wrote her first play when she was 14, as a member of the Royal Court Theatre's Young Wrtiers' Programme. Her debut play, Spur of the Moment (written when she was 17) opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010. Anya won the Most Promising Playwright Award at the 2010 Evening Standard Awards, Best New Play at the 2010 TMA Awards and Most Promising Playwright at the 2010 Critics' Circle Awards. He latest play, The Acid Test, opened at the Royal Court in May 2011 and received rave reviews. She also contributed to the Bush Theatre's Sixty Six Books in 2011 and the Old Vic's Children's Monologues in 2010. She has also written the play Forty Five Minutes for the 2013 National Theatre Connections.

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