Stacked with an ALL ensemble cast, we embark on a new virtual journey with this extraordinarily funny and magical adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Ten actors, one director and a stage manager—spread across the country but connected through Zoom—wrestle with the eternal questions that haunt the intellectual artist class: What is Love? What is Art? And where’s the MUTE button!
We’ve never done this before; it’s raw and gritty… it’s heartfelt and sincere. This surprisingly intimate “table” reading allows you to get closer than ever before to the magic of our ensemble.
A table reading is generally attended only by people involved in the production. It is often the first time that the script has had a life beyond the written word, and it is an opportunity to get at least a partial insight into the way the actors may approach their roles. Through this member-exclusive virtual read-through event, our ensemble offers an insider’s peek into this important part of a play’s process. Join us as we navigate this new way of connecting with you. Shall we say, it’s “behind the screen”?
The story of Seagull is deeply meaningful to us, wrestling as it does with generational battles about not just the meaning of art but its necessity at all. It’s a compassionate and loving examination of both the futility and necessity of longing in our lives. Come with us to a giant country house filled to overflow on a long summer weekend in the Russian countryside. Wrap yourself in a blanket, grab a cup of tea, a glass of wine or, better yet, a long shot of chilled vodka—we want to share this with you.
STREAMING AVAILABLE MAY 14 – 27, 2020
On May 14, all members will receive an email from Steppenwolf with their unique login username and password, as well as viewing instructions. This login information will grant you access to ONE viewing session of this exclusive virtual reading event in its entirety.
Based on the play The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
Translated and adapted by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov
Virtual reading directed by Yasen Peyankov and featuring ensemble members Ian Barford, Cliff Chamberlain, Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper, Sandra Marquez, James Vincent Meredith, Amy Morton, Caroline Neff, Karen Rodriguez and Namir Smallwood
Stage manager Christine D. Freeburg