URI Theatre to present The Sea Gull in December

KINGSTON, RI—November 15, 2011 – Next month, the University of Rhode Island Department of Theatre will present The Sea Gull by Anton Chekov, translated by Robert W. Corrigan.

The show will be staged Dec. 1 to 3 and 8 to 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 and 11 at 3 p.m. in the Robert E. Will Theatre in the URI Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. General admission is $16, $12 for seniors, URI faculty/staff, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 401.874.5843 beginning Nov. 14 or online at www.uri.edu/theatre.

One summer in the late 19th century a family and their companions convene at an estate in the Russian countryside. A new play is performed and lives are changed forever as we witness the evolving dynamics of love—young, mature, married, illicit and unrequited. Anton Chekov’s unique characters, including actors, writers, a teacher, a doctor, and wannabes take us on a journey filled with a poignancy of aspiration, success and failure in Chekov’s tragicomic masterpiece.

Initially, the play was less than successful on its first public excursion, but two years later in 1898 it flourished in the hands of actor/director Constantine Stanislavsky at the Moscow Art Theatre.

Stanislavsky understood Chekhov’s new form of writing, the need to enliven the stage with character behavior, inner life, and subtext. Stanislavsky’s system of acting affected American theater’s primary acting teachers; Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Bobby Lewis and Uta Hagen and their many students.

At the crux of The Sea Gull is an unfulfilled mother-son love, a conflict between traditional and new forms of theater, the obsessiveness, even narcisism of the artist at any price, and the flight of ambition to capture fame often leaving love in its wake.

The Sea Gull mirrors human beings as they truly are—loveable and laughable.

The show is directed by Bryna Wortman, associate professor, (Spinning Into Butter, A View From the Bridge); costume design by guest artist Marilyn Salvatore; sets by URI alumna Cheryl deWardener; lighting design by URI alumus Matthew Terry and sound design by guest artist Mike Hyde.

Actors, their character, and their hometowns follow:

Actor, Character, Hometown

Joshua Andrews, Dorn, West Greenwich

Sam Appleman,Yakov, Springfield, Mass.

Julia Bailey, Arkadina, Boston, Mass.

Erick Betancourt, Shamraev, Providence

Lindsy Bissonnette, U/S Maid, Wakefield

Miles Boucher, Trigorin, Coventry

Andrew Burnap, Treplev, Wakefield

Joshua Christensen, Sorin, Warwick

Nora Eschenheimer, Nina, Newport

Shannon Hartman, Masha, Coventry

Kira Hawkridge, Polin, Pawtucket

Benjamin Hill, U/S Shamraev, Hartford, Conn.

Greg Infussi, U/S Trigorin, Providence

Sarah Leach, Maid, U/S Nina, Smithfield

T.S. McCormick, U/S Cook, Boston

Allie Meek, U/S Masha, Providence

Stephen Peterson, U/S Yakov

Mia Rocchio, U/S Arkadina, Lebanon, N.H.

Philip Ryng, Cook, U/S Sorin, Jamestown

Gianna Soprano, U/S Polina, Scituate

Marc Tiberiis II, U/S Medvedenko, Pawtucket

Birk Wozniak, Medvedenko, North Kingstown

Pictured above

URI students Andrew Burnap of Wakefield and Nora Eschenheimer of Newport

URI student Julia Bailey of Boston and Miles Boucher of Coventry.

URI photos by Randy Osga.