Auditions are Wednesday March 22 and Thursday March 23, 6pm-9pm. Callbacks will be held on Friday March 24 6-9pm. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please email JB@BartlettTheater.com for an appointment.
Rehearsals being April 17, Show opens May 20. Show dates are Sat and Sun, May 20-21, Sat, Sun, and Mon (Memorial Day) 27-29 and Rain Dates on Sat and Sun June 3-4, 2017. Rehearsal will take place, on site, at a home down by Eno River State Park in Durham, off Pleasant Green Road.
Anton Chekov’s The Seagull. Anya Reiss’s radical new comedic adaptation delves into the mysteries of the human condition and explores the beauty and tragedy of human feelings. Founding Artistic Director, Jonathan Bohun Brady, will direct The Seagull. This immersive production will be performed at a historic country farmhouse near the banks of the Eno River in Durham NC.
“We need the theatre, couldn’t, couldn’t do without it. Could we?”
A successful actress visits her brother’s isolated estate far from the city, throwing the frustrated residents unfulfilled ambitions into sharp relief. As her son attempts to impress with a self-penned play, putting much more than his pride at stake, others dream of fame, love and the ability to change their past.
Chekhov’s darkly comic masterpiece is reignited for the 21st century by one of the most exciting new voices in British Theatre, Anya Reiss, Winner of the Most Promising Playwright at both the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards.
Konstantin Treplev (20’s – 30 Male, Lead, any ethnicity)
is Arkadina’s only son. Overshadowed by his successful actress mother and her lover, the writer Trigorin, both of whom are members of the elite Russian intelligentsia and artistic community, he is struggling to find his voice as a writer. Impatient, self- defeating and childish, his constant need for love and approval torments him. He is a dreamer.
Nina (18-27, Female, Lead, any ethnicity)
is a nineteen-year-old neighbor of Sorin’s estate. Nina’s mother died when she was young and the play characters talk about the cruel behavior of Nina’s father towards her. Smart, idealistic, and ready to take risks, Nina is a hopeless romantic and is in love with Treplev.
Boris Trigorin (25 – 35 Male, Lead, any ethnicity)
Irina’s lover. As an esteemed Russian writer of fiction stories and novels, he is a dutiful lover to Arkadina. However, the youthful beauty, optimism, and flattery of Nina tempt him. He is an obsessive- compulsive writer and somewhat aloof to the family.
Sorin (45 – 65, Male, supporting, any ethnicity)
is the brother of Arkadina and Treplev’s uncle. Working for a government office all his life, now he is retired to his country farm. He is a patient listener, a confidant, and a compassionate admirer of both his nephew and sister’s talents His health deteriorates during the course of the play. Sorin sees himself in the young Treplev.
Shamrayev (40’s- 50, Male, supporting, any ethnicity)
Shamrayev is Masha’s father and husband to Polina. As the manager of Sorin’s farm and household year round, he adores Arkadina’s fame. He is always flattering her and listening to her boasts and the details of her life in the theatre, but remaining inattentive and embarrassing to his wife, Paulina.
Polina (40’s- 50, Female, supporting, any ethnicity)
mother of Masha and the wife of Shamrayev, manages Sorin’s estate. With her loveless marriage, she is often embarrassed by her husband’s arguments with the Arkadina. Polina sees her own misery in her daughter, Masha’s unrequited love for Treplev.
Dorn (40’s- 50, Male, supporting, any ethnicity)
is a local doctor who was once a popular and handsome ladies’ man. He has known Arkadina, Sorin, and the rest for many years. Dorn has affections for Polina but does not seem to be in love with her. Like Sorin, Dorn is a compassionate presence who respects Treplev’s talent and attempts to soften the blow of Arkadina’s ego on her depressed son, Treplev’s, spirit.
Irina Arkadina (Role Already Cast)
Masha (Role Already Cast)
Medvedenko (Role Already Cast)