Anton Chekhov's The Seagull Adapted & Directed by Jack Read
Show dates: March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 at 7:30 pm March 30 at 3:00 pm
Chekhov wrote characters whose pains and passions reflected humanity as a whole. The Wheel seeks to build an ensemble that both embodies his universality and resonates with the demographically complex world in which we live.
Seeking Non-Equity performers to fill ten roles: ARKADINA, a famous actress, in love with Trigorin SORIN, her brother, a retired state councillor KONSTANTIN, her son, an obscure writer, in love with Nina SHAMRAYEV, manager of Sorin’s estate POLINA, his wife, in love with Dorn MASHA, his daughter, in love with sadness TRIGORIN, a famous writer NINA, a young actress, in love with everything DORN, a country doctor MEDVEDENKO, a poor schoolteacher, in love with Masha
Rehearsals will be on evenings and weekends beginning in mid-January. You must be available for the entire run of the show, as well as tech March 10-14.
Auditions Dates: Wednesday, October 17, 7-10pm Saturday, October 20, 10am-2pm Callbacks Monday, October 22, 7-9pm
Auditions will consist of a monologue of your choice, not to exceed 90 seconds. They will take place at the Emergence Community Arts Collective at 733 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Please send resume and headshot to TheWheelTheatreCompany@gmail.com with any questions and to sign up for a five-minute audition slot. Please provide three times that work for you. If you are available for rehearsals and show dates but not auditions, please get in touch and we can work something out.
About the Play: 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.
Have a question about the characters, play or company? Send us an email and we'd be happy to discuss!
When do rehearsals begin and where will they be? We will be working around the schedules of those cast - evenings and weekends typically. Rehearsals will begin in earnest after the first of the year. They will take place primarily in DC, specifically the Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights area.
Oh no! I can't make the audition day! What can I do? Email us! We are happy to work with you to figure something out.
Any other questions? Shoot us an email and will be happy to help!