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Associate Professor of Theater Yuri Kordonsky directs Anton Chekhov's once revolutionary and now classic masterpiece, “The Seagull” (1896).
The plot of Chekhov's famous play is seemingly simple: a group of friends gathers at a country estate to see an experimental play written and staged by Konstantin, an aspiring writer who dreams of bringing new forms to the theater.
The play is performed by Konstantin's lover Nina; among the audience are his mother Arkadina, an aging actress, and her lover, famous writer Trigorin.
What starts as a casual love affair soon turns into a whirlwind of fatal events, torments of unrequited love, clashes of opposing views on art, betrayals, shattered dreams, denied hopes, and ruined lives.
Love and art are the two main themes of this comedy, as Chekhov called it, a tragic comedy of human existence. They intertwine to create a mesmerizing polyphony, a profound and compassionate portrait of fragile human nature.