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The Chekhov Project (USA)


SVA Theatre

January 5

333 W. 23rd Street
New 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.

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Support for UNDER THE RADAR provided by Select Equity FoundationVirginia & 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