All Female, Gender-Queer Ensemble Amplifies Subtext of Chekhov’s 1895 “The Seagull” at Mass MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

North Adams, MA – If you want a taste of pure creativity, take a look at the recent Half Straddle creation above. It is both frothy fun, and deeply ironic. You have to see this company in action to appreciate its novel gifts. Especially when they attack a timeless work like the 1895 Chekhov play, The Seagull.

Being presented as the culmination of a technical residency at MASS MoCA, this unique contemporary theatre company is staging a new interpretation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, The Seagull, in the Hunter Center on Saturday, December 15, at 7:30 PM. Time Out New York has described Half Straddle as “full to the brim with killer talent” and honored the company as an “Off-Off Broadway Innovator to Watch.”

Anton Chekhov wrote The Seagull in 1895 and it was first produced a year later. It tells the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Tréplev, and the famous middlebrow story writer Trigorin. As is the case with Chekhov’s other full-length plays, The Seagull relies upon an ensemble cast of diverse, fully developed characters who speak in ways that skirt around issues rather than addressing them directly. Their lines are full of subtext, text that is not spoken aloud.

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