The Seagull Project is offering 25% off tickets to fans of Seattle Shakespeare Company for performances of The Seagull on January 23, 24, 26 and 27 at ACT Theatre. Use the discount code Seagull25 when ordering by phone at (206) 292-7676 or online.
John Bogar who recently appeared in our production of Antony and Cleopatra (as well as many other productions) is playing the role of Trigorin in The Seagull as well as serving as a producer for the show. He shared how the project came into being during our production of The Threepenny Opera in 2011.
Hatching The Seagull
The Seagull Project, (TSP), was born in the fire of The Threepenny Opera at Seattle Shakespeare Company. It was in the boldness of that work, that choice of material, (a show that had not had a major Seattle production for twenty years), that Brandon Simmons, (one of Mackie’s crew), found the inspiration to go to Julie Briskman, (Threepenny’s Jenny), and say, “I think you should play Arkadina in The Seagull.” Later, Brandon turned to John Bogar, (Mackie), one mirror over in their dressing room and asked; ”What do you think about playing Trigorin in The Seagull?” Bogar answered; “I’d love to above all things, and funny you should ask, I was just talking to Alex, (Alexandra Tavares, Threepenny acting coach), about playing Nina in The Seagull!” Brandon, Julie, John and Alex became the producers of TSP and enlisted Gavin Reub, (Threepenny Dramaturg), to be TSP‘s dramaturg and Associate Producer.
Sometimes people meet and form collaborations in happy coincidence and sometimes these meetings are… destined. Ask Julie and she would say it was, “B’shert”. Whether destiny or happenstance is smiling on The Seagull, we will leave it to you to decide. What we can tell you, is that TSP has assembled a wonderful team of actors and designers and veteran Seattle Shakespeare Company director, John Langs, (Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear) to collaborate on another bold choice: another masterpiece of dramatic literature that has not had a major Seattle production in over twenty years; Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. After working together for over nine months, TSP’s ensemble will explore this great work in public performance at A Contemporary Theatre January 23 through February 10th.
To honor The Seattle Shakespeare Company as our birthplace The Seagull Project is offering a very special, limited time discount to the opening weekend performances. We hope you’ll join us!
– John Bogar
Actor & Producer
The Seagull Project