The Seagull

This adaptation of Anton Chekov's The Seagull was commissioned by CCTC Director Kim McCaw in early 2013.  For more information about this adaptation please click on the link to the articles below. 

Creator

Playwright: Jason Chinn (adapted from the play by Anton Chekov)

CCTC Dramaturg:

Dramaturg: Kim McCaw

Status

Contact Jason Chinn.

Synopsis
A contemporary Canadian adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull set in the Okanagan valley.
Other Details
Cast:    
Female: 4
Male: 6
Male or Female: 2

Alanna, an actress: in her 50s
Frederick, her son: age 25
Peter, her brother: in his late 60s
Nina, a young girl, the daughter of a wealthy neighbour: age 18
Rocco, the manager of PETER'S vineyard: in his 50s
Pauline, his wife: in her 50s
Misha, their daughter: age 19
Holden, an author: late 30s
Doctor, a doctor: 50s
Marshall, a schoolteacher: age 25
A cook
A Housekeeper

Setting:
Place: A small cottage winery south of Kelowna on Okanagan Lake
Time: The present, over the course of two years

Special Requirements:
None.

Running time:
Two acts, running approximately two hours.

Productions
This adaptation of The Seagull was first performed from April 11 - 14, 2013 in studio 3-125 of the University of Alberta's Fine Arts Building by members of the Theatre Department's first year B.F.A. Acting class under the direction of Kim McCaw.  The production featured the following cast and production team:

Director/Dramaturg: Kim McCaw
Stage Manager: Cayley Hanson
Sound Operator: Jemma Robins
Technical Director: Don MacKenzie
Costumer Director: Karen Kucher
Acting Instructor: Kim McCaw
Acting Coach: Valerie Planche
Vocal Coach: Alyson Connolly

Featuring:
Alanna: Bobbi Goddard*/Nikki Hulowski**
Frederick, her son: David Walker
Peter, her brother: Dylan Parsons
Nina, a young girl: Kristin Swirles*/Morgan Yamada**
Rocco, the manager of Peter's winery: Maxwell Theodore Lebeuf
Pauline, his wife: Kabriel Lilly
Misha, their daughter: Natalie Davidson
Holden, an author: Joseph Perry
Doctor, a doctor: Zvonimir Rac
Marshall, a school teacher: Hunter Cardinal
A cook: Nikki Hulowski*/Bobbi Goddard**
A Housekeeper: Morgan Yamada*/Kirstin Swirles**

* Performed April 11 and 14 at 7:30 pm and April 13 at 2:00 pm
** Performed April 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm and April 14 at 2:00 pm

Further Development The script was subsequently workshopped with Kim McCaw as dramaturg, and with the support of following actors, engaged under the Canadian Theatre Agreement, who read the script on June 10 and 17, 2013: Clinton Carew
Jamie Cavanagh
Cole Humeny
Nancy McAlear
Laura Metcalfe
Tom Peacocke
Elena Porter
Garett Ross
Melissa Thingelstad
Fred Zbryksi

Articles
Jason Chinn Adaptation of The Seagull in Development

Playwright

Jason Chinn, Playwright

Jason Chinn
Playwright

Project Log

June 10 & 17, 2013
The play is read by actors on the dates above in support of a period of further development of the script with Kim McCaw serving as dramaturg.

April 11 - 14, 2013
The adaptation receives its first performances by the University of Alberta first year BFA Acting class under the direction of Kim McCaw.

February 2013
Kim McCaw commissions Edmonton playwright Jason Chinn to adapt Anton Chekov's The Seagull in a  contemporary vein.