PSU Students perform Chekov’s The Seagull April 28-30 and May 1

April 26th, 2011 by Adam


Plymouth, N.H.–Students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will perform Anton Chekov’s The Seagull April 28-30 and May 1 in the studio theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

A profound tale about the very human tendency to reject love that is freely given and seek it where it is withheld, The Seagull is a powerful ensemble piece.

Chekhov’s dark, symbolist comedy dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters. The comic nature of the play, which ultimately ends in tragedy, is revealed through the absurdity of its characters as they engage in fundamentally human dramas of unrequited love and unmitigated failure.

The play focuses on the romantic entanglements and the qualms of a group of writers, artists and actors who have gathered on a lakeside estate in Russia. The four main characters are the ingénue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Treplyov, and the famous middlebrow storywriter Trigorin.

The utter desperation and lovesickness of the characters becomes an epidemic that reverberates within the domestic world of this remote Russian setting.

The Seagull is directed by Professor Paul Mroczka who has served Theatre By the Sea as associate director and playwright-in-residence. He has directed for companies including North Country Center for the Arts, Pontine Movement Theatre, The Theatre of Newburyport and the Palace Theatre.

His plays have been performed at New York’s La MaMa La Galleria, Nat Horne Theatre, and Manhattan Punchline Theatre, among others. His interactive planetarium show, Pathfinders, was featured at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, N.H.

Performances are April 28 and 29 at 8 p.m., April 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. and May 1 at 4 p.m.

Tickets for The Seagull are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.

General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

In the News

Example Image

Three local high schools to compete in 31st season of ‘Granite State Challenge’ on NHPTV

Monitor staff Monday, November 24, 2014 (Published in print: Tuesday, November 25, 2014) Some of the smartest students in the state are gearing up to compete in the 31st season of the Granite State Challenge on New Hampshire Public Television. Students from 16 high schools will participate in the televised competition, including teams from Concord […]

Example Image

Plymouth State students, alumni provide Thanksgiving meals

By DAN SEUFERT Union Leader Correspondent Andy McDonnell, an alumni of Plymouth State University and the Phi Beta Upsilon fraternity, works with Rev. Preston Fuller of the Tilton-Northfield United Methodist Church, who checks off a donations list on his clipboard. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent) PLYMOUTH — Thanksgiving meals came early to hundreds of low-income and elderly […]

Example Image

Knowledge is power

PLYMOUTH––All that glitters is not gold, and everything you read on the Internet is not true. Finding reliable, factual reference information in today’s high technology world is not easy, but Plymouth State University’s Lamson Library and Learning Commons is showing Rivendell Academy students the best way to ferret out what’s fact from fiction. Twenty-seven juniors […]