|The Seagull (1896)
by , translated by Marian Fell
"Чайка" ("Chayka")), written in 1895, is the first of what are generally considered to be Anton Chekhov's four major plays. It centres on the romantic and artistic conflicts between four theatrical characters: the ingenue Nina, the fading leading lady Irina Arkadina, her son the experimental playwright Konstantin Treplyov, and the famous middlebrow story writer Trigorin.
The Seagull (Russian: |
Like the rest of Chekhov's full-length plays, The Seagull relies upon an ensemble cast of diverse, fully developed characters. In opposition to much of the melodramatic theatre of the 19th century, lurid actions (such as Treplyov's suicide attempts) are kept offstage. Characters tend to speak in ways that skirt around issues rather than addressing them directly, a concept known as subtext.
A Play In Four Acts
- IRINA ARKADINA, an actress
- CONSTANTINE TREPLIEFF, her son
- PETER SORIN, her brother
- NINA ZARIETCHNAYA, a young girl, the daughter of a rich landowner
- ILIA SHAMRAEFF, the manager of SORIN'S estate
- PAULINA, his wife
- MASHA, their daughter
- BORIS TRIGORIN, an author
- EUGENE DORN, a doctor
- SIMON MEDVIEDENKO, a schoolmaster
- JACOB, a workman
- A COOK
- A MAIDSERVANT
The scene is laid on SORIN'S estate. Two years elapse between the third and fourth acts.
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