Seagull, The

This quintessential Chekhov drama - his first success - is both comic and tragic. A group of friends and relations gather at a country estate to see the first performance of an experimental play written and staged by the young man of the house, Konstantin (Frank Langella), an aspiring writer who dreams of bringing new forms to the theatre. Among the audience are Konstantin's self-centered mother, the actress Arkadina, and her lover, the novelist Trigorin. Their glamorous presence not only disrupts the performance, but also soon takes on a more profound significance for the lives of all those present.

"...a play with infinite rewards and shimmering truths." - The New York Times

1975, Drama, 120 minutes, Color

Cast: Frank Langella, Blythe Danner, Olympia Dukakis, Lee Grant

Written by: Anton Chekhov adapted and translated by Stark Young

Music by: Arthur Rubenstein

Directed by: John Desmond

Produced by: David Griffiths

Executive Producer: Jac Venza

A presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, Great Performances: Theater In America 1975

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