Aspiring playwright Konstantin Treplev is debuting his new play at his uncle’s country estate with his girlfriend Nina as his leading actress. In attendance are his mother Arkadina, a celebrated actress, and her lover Trigorin, a famous writer. The reception of the play sets off a series of events unleashing passion, romance, and heartbreak.
Challenging notions of structure, comedy, and subtext in theatre, Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL was his first theatrical masterpiece and endures as a testimony to the absurdity of the human condition. Mike Poulton’s recent translation transforms Chekhov into searing English prose for a contemporary audience.
Following her celebrated star turn as Lady Bracknell in Quintessence’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST,Janis Dardaris* returns to Quintessence as Arkadina. Josh Carpenter* who wowed audiences as The Venetian Twins and lead Quintessence’s HENRY V returns as Trigorin. They will be joined by two Philadelphia favorites:William Zielinski* as Dorn, Marcia Saunders* as Polina, both making their Quintessence debuts.
The ensemble includesJamison Foreman (Konstantin), Robert Bauer (Sorin), Rachel Brodeur(Nina), Julia Frey (Masha),Alexander Harvey (Medvedenko), Randall McCann (Shamrayev), Lee Cortopassi(Yakov), Bryan Black (as Workman) and Carrie Ryan (as The Maid).