Magazine article American Theatre

The Seagull: Classic Stage Company

Magazine article American Theatre

The Seagull: Classic Stage Company

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Viacheslav Dolgachev, DIRECTOR: The Seagull is about reflections of reflections. In it, artistic people, whose calling it is to reflect reality, look into the mirror of the lake, which reflects their lives and their relationship with art. The entire play takes place on the lake, which has both the real meaning of "the lake" and the metaphysical meaning of "a mirror." The interior of any house can contain a mirror, so in this area between the two mirrors, the themes and problems of the play multiply ad infinitum--just as they do for Chekhov himself. Questions, questions, questions ... reflections, reflections, reflections. If you look into the mirror long enough, you might not get an answer, but you can feel or understand where and how to look for the answer.

Santo Loquasto, SCENIC DESIGN: At first Slava [Dolgachev] was interested in water on the stage floor, literally. He wanted a reflected world, lacking permanence, connected through the image of water to the lake and to nature. The set is a series of stages, one within another, an expression of the idea that these people are always performing, moving in and out of their own dramas, playing off each other. There's the curtained veranda upstage, and there's Konstantin's improvised stage, which Slava decided to push around into different positions during the course of the play. That works beautifully to demonstrate the idea that Konstantin is both obsessed and encumbered with this theatrical object. The oval mirror at center stage is typical of the decor of Russian homes, and it reiterates the reflections on the floor. …

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