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About The Seagull

​On a summer’s evening, at a makeshift theater by a lake, a young writer's new work is performed. In the wake of its spectacular failure, its audience - all connected by love - confront their own regret, grief, mortality, pettiness, and loneliness. This play, naturally, is a comedy.

Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" was famously considered a disaster upon its debut in Petersburg in 1896. The author himself swore off writing plays. But one audience member, Anatoly Koni, believed it to be a vital piece of new theatre, a treatise on the aches of existing in this world as a human being: "It is life itself onstage with all its tragic alliances, eloquent thoughtlessness and silent sufferings - the sort of everyday life that is accessible to everyone and understood in its cruel internal irony by almost no one." Though written over a century ago for Russian audiences, "The Seagull" is an abiding tale that plumbs the joys and pains of our desperate human need to be close to one another. The Wheel Theatre Company's new version of Chekhov's comedy is an ode to our first drafts and our failures, to our most bewildering infatuations, to our futile, comic search for reason, and to our inexplicable ability to endure.

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1hr 40min (No Intermission)

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DC Arts Center

2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

3/14 - 3/30

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