Stage Russia HD: The Seagull
Genre: Live Theatre
Duration: 225 mins
Starring: Timofey Tribuntsev, Agrippina Steklova, Anton Kuznetsov, Mariana Spivak
Director: Yury Butusov
Anton ChekhovÌ_s first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin TrÌöplev. Yury Butusov's frenetic production abounds in an incredible freedom and openness, delving deep into the throes of artistic creation and the anguish of the artist who struggles to find a language of his own. This is not only a performance about the theatre, it is an anthology of the theatre that devours its children like monsters. With the shuffling of actors' roles, you begin to sense something of a quadraphonic portrait of the creative personality, which demonstrates that greatness is precariously close to mediocrity while suggesting that the opposite is also true. Chekhov's characters are in the process of creating their lives or watching them fall apart, which, according to Butusov, may be a closely related activity. Filmed before a live audience from MoscowÌ_s Satirikon Theatre. Russian with English subtitles.