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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Seagull


Play in Four Acts
First Slovene Production of First, Uncensored Version

In 1896, when it was first produced, The Seagull, a comedy, caused a great stir due to its unconventionality. Nowadays, however, it is considered to represent a hallmark of Chekhov’s style and his interest in romantic triangles while expressing basic ideas about the function of art. In a letter to a friend in 1896, Chekhov wrote:
»I am writing something strange /.../ I swear fearfully at the conventions of the stage. It's a comedy, there are three women's parts, six men's, four acts, landscapes (view over a lake); a great deal of conversation about literature, little action, tons of love.«
The Seagull being a play about failed romances and generational conflicts is also a play about theatre and art generally. Irina Arkadina, a famous actress, is spending the summer with her lover, a well known novelist Trigorin, on her brother's estate. Her son Treplyov produces a play at an improvised stage in the garden together with Nina, the landowner's daughter. During the performance, Irina cannot restrain herself from making inappropriate remarks, causing Treplyov to storm off in disgrace. The next day Treplyov shoots a seagull and places it at Nina's feet while she’s conversing with Trigorin. Treplyov loves Nina, while Nina is in love with Trigorin, which is a terrible blow for Treplyov who wants to become a famous novelist himself. Nina is determined to become a great actress. Treplyov and Nina both suffer form unrequited love. They find their only solace in art, which, however fails to bring them a peace of mind and happiness.
The characters’ tormented love affairs as well as their generational and artistic conflicts lead to a tragic dénouement of the play. The Seagull remains, due to its theme of complex human relations and a set of intriguing characters to enact, a play that appeals to all generations.

Translator Milan Jesih
Director Janez Pipan
Dramaturg Tina Kosi
Set Designer Marko Japelj
Costume Designer Bjanka Adžić Ursulov
Composer Miha Petric
Language Consultant Jože Volk
Lighting Designer Andrej Hajdinjak
Assistant Director Jernej Kobal

Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina, surnamed Treplyov after her husband, an actress

Lučka Počkaj
Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplyov – Irina's son, a young man Aljoša Koltak
Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin – Irina's brother Bojan Umek
Nina Mikhailovna Zarechnaya – a young girl, the daughter of a rich landowner

Nina Rakovec
Ilya Afanasyevich Shamrayev – a retired lieutenant and the manager of Sorin's estate Miro Podjed
Polina Andryevna – Ilya's wife Jagoda
Masha – Ilya and Polina's daughter Pia Zemljič
Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin – a well-known novelist Renato Jenček
Yevgeny Sergeyevich Dorn – a doctor Brane Završan
Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko – a schoolmaster Vojko Belšak
Yakov − a hired workman Igor Žužek
Cook Damjan M. Trbovc


Opening 23 September 2011

  • I. Žužek, P. Zemljič, M. Podjed, R. Jenček, L. Počkaj, B. Umek, Jagoda, V. Belšak, D. M. Trbovc

  • Aljoša Koltak, Nina Rakovec, Igor Žužek, Damjan M. Trbovc

  • Vojko Belšak, Pia Zemljič

  • Nina Rakovec

  • Jagoda, Renato Jenček, Lučka Počkaj, Miro Podjed

  • Aljoša Koltak, Bojan Umek

  • D. M. Trbovc, M. Podjed, L. Počkaj, R. Jenček, N. Rakovec, V. Belšak, B. Umek

  • Lučka Počkaj, Damjan M. Trbovc, Pia Zemljič

  • Branko Završan, Jagoda, Damjan M. Trbovc

  • Nina Rakovec

  • Nina Rakovec Renato Jenček

  • Pia Zemljič, Renato Jenček

  • Pia Zemljič, Renato Jenček

  • Bojan Umek, Lučka Počkaj

  • Lučka Počkaj, Aljoša Koltak

  • Lučka Počkaj, Renato Jenček

  • Lučka Počkaj

  • Branko Završan, Aljoša Koltak, Renato Jenček

  • Aljoša Koltak

  • M. Podjed, I. Žužek, L. Počkaj, N. Rakovec, D. M. Trbovc, Jagoda

  • Aljoša Koltak

  • Nina Rakovec, Aljoša Koltak

  • Renato Jenček, Pia Zemljič

  • Bojan Umek, Damjan M. Trbovc, Lučka Počkaj

  • Lučka Počkaj, Bojan Umek,

  • Lučka Počkaj, Aljoša Koltak

  • Bojan Umek, Branko Završan, Pia Zemljič, Vojko Belšak

  • Bojan Umek, Aljoša Koltak, Pia Zemljič, Branko Završan