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333 W. 23rd StreetNew York, NY 10011
Running Time: 95 minutes
Members and Partners: $10
Full: $10 + fees
There will be no late seating.
Photo: courtesy of the artist
I AM A SEAGULL follows a community of actors in their frenzied and loving attempt to stage a Chekhov play in their house, yard and neighborhood. This hybrid film documents The Chekhov Project: an annual, immersive, open-frame performance event created by Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman. Like the project itself, the film dissolves boundaries between audience and performer, representation and reality. Life and rehearsal blend together in this portrait of The Project’s production of The Seagull. Chekhov’s text is embodied by a handful of actors from New York City as they converge in an upstate lakeside retreat. Through juxtaposing phases of rehearsal, live performance and pure cinema this experience captures the idealism, contradictions and raw instinct that fuels theatre-making itself.
Support for UNDER THE RADAR provided by Select Equity Foundation, Virginia & Timothy Millhiser, and The W Trust. Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.
Directed by Brian Mertes
Artistic Director/Producer: Melissa Kievman
Co-Director / Producer: Alex Harvey
Producer: Wendy vanden Heuvel
Producer: Julie Buck
Producer: Johnny Moreno
Producer: Samara Levenstein
Story Editor: Stephanie Fleischmann
Film Editor: Ian Olds
Cinematographer: Miklos Buk
Choreographer: Jesse J Perez
Puppet Designer: Julian Crouch
Production Design: Deb O
Sound Design: Daniel Kluger, Daniel Baker, and Brandon W
Costume Design: Olivera Gajic
Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.
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