TREMONT — The local Chekhov Club will perform “The Seagull: Acts 1 and 2” at the Barn, 130 Tremont Road, on Saturday, June 11, at 5 p.m.
Throughout the winter, the Barn Arts Collective hosted the Chekhov Club – a weekly meeting of local residents interested in reading and performing the works of Anton Chekhov, a Russian writer who produced masterpieces in drama and fiction at the turn of the 20th century. The club read plays and short stories aloud together and studied the texts for their insight and relevance to the present day. Saturday’s performance will be the culminating event for this winter’s Chekhov Club.
“The show will be in-process – like all of the work in the first half of The Barn summer season,” said Barn Arts co-founder Andrew Simon, who is directing the production. “Our cast is made up of all local residents – friends and neighbors with a passion for performance – presenting our own translation of ‘The Seagull,’ which is a perfect fit for a venue on the water because it’s set at a lakeside estate.”
The parallels between the play and Saturday’s performance are not limited to the setting. “Chekhov plays are about social groups that come together at a specific time and place – just like our club. The relationships come across in very real and accessible ways because this cast knows and understands one another in a deeper way – just like Chekhov’s characters.”
The Barn Arts Chekhov club presented the first act of “The Seagull” last year in a show that featured a floating stage on the tidal bay behind the Barn. Saturday’s performance will remount the first act and add the second act of the four-act play. “Presenting one act at a time has given us a chance to focus carefully on the text and what it means to us,” said Simon. “The play is so relevant – even though it was written a hundred years ago. It’s about being creative, falling in love, struggling to find a place and trying to figure out how to be happy – with your friends and family all around you in a beautiful part of the world.”
All performances at the Barn, across the street from the Tremont School, are by donation, and there are no reservations. Visit www.barnartscollective.com or call 412-9435.