(UNION, NJ) -- Kean Theatre Conservatory presents The Seagull by Anton Chekhov from November 15-18, 2023 in the Wilkins Theatre. Anton Chekhov's comedy of the human condition is considered one of the greats among modern classics. Set in the Russian countryside during the late 19th century, this classic comedy... scratch that! Kean has created a brand new world. Adapted by Thomas W. Jones II, the production is directed by E. Teresa Choate.
In this new adaptation, written for the Kean Theatre Conservatory, the idealistic, early 1970s smacks headlong into the realities of the future. Set in the posh African American enclave of Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard: Shades of Black, Brown, Tan-n-Beige converge to chase tail and seek fame. No one’s longing for Moscow here, but New York City and Hollywood’s calling. And the future is anybody’s guess.
Warning: The Seagull contains mild profanity, depictions of alcoholism and cocaine use, and references to suicide.
Performances take place November 15, 17 & 18 at 7:30pm; November 16 at 5:30pm (Q&A); November 18 at 2:00pm; and November 17 at 10:00am (On School Time). Tickets are available for purchase online. The Wilkins Theatre is located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey.
Chekhov’s The Seagull is about always falling in love with the person who’s never in love with you, about youth slamming into the obstacle of the older generation, about dreams being deferred over and over until you’re ready to explode. The Seagull laughs at the absurdity of life, then and now.
At the Kean Theatre Conservatory, a shared passion for live performance unites a diverse group of students and an outstanding faculty. This vibrant community of theatre artists is dedicated to crafting compelling stories to share with audiences, showcasing Kean students who are turning their talent into their life's work.