The Seagull

The Seagull

About

With: Rajesh Bose*, Cindy Cheung*, Jojo Gonzalez*, Marcus Ho*, Mia Katigbak*, Peter Kim*, Lavrenti Lopes*, Orville Mendoza*, Andy Pang*, Sophia Skiles*, Tiffany Villarin*

Directed by Gia Forakis

Run

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
(between 9th & 10th Streets)

September 26, 2009 – October 17, 2009
Mondays through Saturdays at 7:00pm
Matinee performance at 2:00pm on Wednesday, October 14

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Tickets: $15 – $20
212-352-3101

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Production Staff

Paul Schmidt: Translator
Lee Savage: Set Designer
Alixandra Gage Englund: Costume Designer
Stephen Petrilli: Lighting Designer
Robert Murphy: Sound Design and Music
S. Katy Tucker: Video
Sam Rudy Media Relations: Publicity

Reviews

A lively production punctuated by touches of vaudeville and the grotesque.

(Andy Webster: NY Times)

The company’s fervor and skill is impressive.

(Ron Cohen: BackStage)

Forakis has all but declared war on the naturalism and psychological realism that is the bedrock of much of what we’ve come to think of in this country as modern theatre, and The Seagull is perhaps the perfect vessel to target to fire a shot across its bow, since Stanislavsky’s famous 1898 Moscow production was the flagship that in many ways started it all.

(Fred Backus: NYTheatre.com)

With graceful, determined, exuberant gestures, the characters seem to bounce across the stage. On this Dr. Seuss-ian landscape, there’s no room for naturalism, and humor crackles through slapstick physical comedy: quick gestures, deft asides, and (sometimes alarmingly) flexible facial expressions.

(Amy Krivohlavek: Curtain Up)

Using sight gags, crude sexual innuendos, Commedia pratfalls and an elaborate, consistent semaphore of over-the-top gestures, Forakis wrings the text like a dishrag, forcing the play’s humor to the true source of all comedy: pain.

(Marianne Moore: Show Business Weekly)

Photos



(Photographer: William P. Steele)

Orville Mendoza, Peter Kim
Orville Mendoza, Peter Kim
(Photographer: William P. Steele)

(counterclockwise from top left) Rajesh Bose, Tiffany Villarin, Cindy Cheung, Orville Mendoza, Andrew Pang
(counterclockwise from top left) Rajesh Bose, Tiffany Villarin, Cindy Cheung, Orville Mendoza, Andrew Pang
(Photographer: William P. Steele)

Cindy Cheung, Andrew Pang, Orville Mendoza
Cindy Cheung, Andrew Pang, Orville Mendoza
(Photographer: William P. Steele)

Tiffany Villarin, Peter Kim
Tiffany Villarin, Peter Kim
(Photographer: William P. Steele)

Tiffany Villarin, Marcus Ho
Tiffany Villarin, Marcus Ho
(Photographer: William P. Steele)

The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision's Annual Retreat  at Bard College, June 2009: Peter Kim, Mia Katigbak, Tiffany Villarin
The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision’s Annual Retreat at Bard College, June 2009: Peter Kim, Mia Katigbak, Tiffany Villarin
(Photographer: William P. Steele)

The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision's Annual Retreat  at Bard College, June 2009: Peter Kim, Orville Mendoza
The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision’s Annual Retreat at Bard College, June 2009: Peter Kim, Orville Mendoza
(Photographer: William P. Steele)

The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision's Annual Retreat  at Bard College, June 2009: Tiffany Villarin
The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision’s Annual Retreat at Bard College, June 2009: Tiffany Villarin
(Photographer: William P. Steele)

The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision's Annual Retreat  at Bard College, June 2009: Tiffany Villarin
The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision’s Annual Retreat at Bard College, June 2009: Tiffany Villarin
(Photographer: William P. Steele)

The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision's Annual Retreat  at Bard College, June 2009: Peter Kim and Orville Mendoza
The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision’s Annual Retreat at Bard College, June 2009: Peter Kim and Orville Mendoza
(Photographer: William P. Steele)

The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision's Annual Retreat  at Bard College, June 2009: Tiffany Villarin
The Seagull in residence at Voice and Vision’s Annual Retreat at Bard College, June 2009: Tiffany Villarin
(Photographer: William P. Steele)

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