Pitt-Bradford to present Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’


Adaora Igbo as Nina and Matthew Tuzynski as Constantin in ‘The Seagull’. Photo by Alan Hancock.

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Division of Communication and the Arts will present Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” this weekend.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Studio Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

Set in late-19th century Russia, the play was one of the first to emphasize character over plot. It centers on four artists and their romance with their arts and each other. The version being performed this weekend is a new one created by Matthew Tuzynski, an interdisciplinary arts major from Clarks Mills, for his senior capstone project. Tuzynski also plays the role of Constantin.

“Everything you need to know about life and the tragicomic mess we make of it is here in Chekhov’s most famous play,” says Dr. Kevin Ewert, who is directing the production.

“Chekhov was also a doctor, and he seems to understand people better than any other writer I know. His characters can be foolish and petty and wrong-headed and ridiculous, but Chekhov always has the utmost compassion for them, and suggests we should, too.

“For me, that’s what makes rehearsing one of his plays such joy – everybody on stage is making a mess of their lives, but we approach that mess with great love and affection.”

Others in the production are Jamal Davis, a pre-physical therapy major from Philadelphia, as Medvedenko; Danielle Scott, a history-political science major from Altadena, Calif., as Marsha; Dr. Gregory Page, associate professor of psychology, as Sorin; Adaora Igbo, a chemistry and pre-pharmacy major from Silver Spring, Md., as Nina; Love Lee, a broadcast communications major from Upper Darby, Pa., Paulina; James Segee, a writing major from Bradford, as Dorn; Ashley Fitzpatrick, an interdisciplinary arts major from Bradford, as Shamrayev; Kelly Baker as Arkadina; and Ewert as Trigorin.

Tickets are $6 for the public and $2 for all students. They may be purchased in advanced by calling the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office at (814)362-5113 or at the door.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu

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