Repeats every week every Sunday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Sun Feb 25 2018 . Wednesday
Austin Shakespeare brings Chekhov’s revolutionary play, The Seagull, to the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center from February 7 – 25, 2018. This is the first time the legendary Russian playwright’s work will be performed by the professional (Actors’ Equity) company.
“The Seagull is one of the most beautiful scripts ever written,” says Director Ann Ciccolella, “It blew the top off playwriting in its time because it was so truthful. I am thrilled to work on our own adaptation.”
Featured as the aspiring playwright and young actor Konstantin is Michael Miller, who has previously performed in Austin Shakespeare’s productions of Pride and Prejudice, Design for Living, Othello, and Present Laughter. Corinna Browning, who recently played ingénues in Much Ado about Nothing and Present Laughter, will portray Nina.
In her Austin Shakespeare debut, Tyler Layton will take on the role of the acclaimed actress, Irina Arkadina. Layton performed seven seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival before moving to Austin in 2015 to work at St. Edward’s University as their Assistant Professor of Theatre. Her television credits include recurring roles on Ellen and Charmed, and the series lead on USA Network’s Silk Stalkings.
Guest Artist Matt Radford Davies will play the novelist, Trigorin. Radford Davies performed regularly with Austin Shakespeare while studying for his PhD in Renaissance Drama at The University of Texas at Austin. Following a professional acting career in the United Kingdom, Matt now teaches at Virginia’s Mary Baldwin University in collaboration with the American Shakespeare Center and is an Associate Director of Actors From The London Stage.
Other alumni actors include: Helen Merino, an Austin Shakespeare favorite (Hamlet in Hamlet, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth), will portray the melancholy Masha; Ev Lunning, Jr., who recently retired from St. Edwards’ University and played Judge Danforth in Austin Shakespeare’s reading of The Crucible, will play Sorin; James “Bobby” Byers (Roderigo in Othello) will be the school teacher Medvedenko; Patrick David Wheeler (Borachio in Much Ado about Nothing) will be the pushy and comedic land manager, Shamreyev; and Jet Ryan will portray Yakov. Chuck Winkler, who will be Dr. Dorn, and Sarah Stuart, who is set to play Polina, will be making their Austin Shakespeare debut in The Seagull.