Faculty Performance Production: Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull (DRA4141.01)

Jean Randich

Chekhov declared he was “flagrantly disregarding the basic tenets of the stage” in writing this comedy with “a view of a lake…little action, and five tons of love.” In the play’s openness, and its shunning of melodramatic plot in favor of the messiness of life, The Seagull feels as unconventional today as when it debuted. Our production of this ensemble-based play will also disregard some basic tenets of the stage. We will create an immersive theater experience, with audiences and performance spaces moving from outdoors to indoors, just as the action moves in the play. What happens when you fall in love? What does it take to be an artist? Is there an art to living? This course represents the hours of study both in and out of rehearsal necessary for artists to create a successful ensemble in performance. Rehearsals, technical rehearsals, and performances constitute the students’ commitment.

Prerequisites: Participation in the project is by audition only. Students should prepare a two-minute Chekhovian or contemporary monologue for Drama Auditions to be held during the first week of the Spring 2018 term.
Credits: 4
T/W/TH/F 7:00pm - 10:00pm; and some weekend rehearsals
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency:
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