THE SEAGULL

by Anton Chekhov

Translated by Paul Schmidt

Directed by Aaron M. Hodge
Production Dates: February 14-23, 2020
Production Location: The Grange Theatre, South Pomfret
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Our Cast:
Irína – Rebecca Bailey
Konstantín – Christian Coffman
Sórin – Dan Deneen
Nína – Katie Cawley
Shemráyev – Joseph Ronan
Paulína – Courtney Hollingsworth
Másha – Chelsea Mojallali
Trigórin – Mark Alloway
Dorn – Jim Schley
Medvedénko – Cedar Davidson
Yákov – Aaron M. Hodge

The Grange Theatre

is located at 65 Stage Rd, South Pomfret, VT.  Handicap spaces are available directly in front of the theater and all other parking is in the main ArtisTree parking lot across the street.  Directions to the Grange Theatre.

The Seagull by Anton Chekhov is credited as the first play written with realistic casual dialogue. Love affairs, dysfunctional families, and poetic melancholy abound in this tragicomedy set on a lakefront estate in the Russian countryside. Intellectuals clash with farmers, doctors clash with patients, and writers loath one another in the pursuit of meaningful creation. At the heart of it all is flinching hope, unrequited desire, and the lonely romance of truth.

Bios

Aaron Michael Hodge (Director, Yákov) first walked the planks in Colby-Sawyer College’s 2011 production of David Ives’s All in the Timing (as Al, in The Philadelphia). He began directing ten-minute plays for the college’s annual student playwright festival (SNAFU), and spearheaded an alumni festival in 2016, featuring Flesh Eaters of Hyde Park, How to Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies and Avoid 25-to-Life, and Ouroboros (see YouTube: Alumni SNAFU). In 2017 he co-directed for Colby Sawyer, Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation. He has performed in four previous BarnArts productions: Jesse and the Bandit Queen (Jesse James), The Little Prince (The Fox), It Can’t Happen Here (Philip/Swann), and Waiting for Godot (Vladimir). He strives for a collaborative environment among actors and designers alike, which he hopes will emanate in this production, bringing fresh life to a modern classic.

Mark Alloway (Trigórin) earned an AFA in Theater Arts from Community College of Rhode Island, and a BA in Theater Arts from Franklin Pierce. He has worked professionally for The Theater For Emily, Act One Productions, and Northern Stage, and was recently seen in the Artistree production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile as Schmendiman.  Other favorite roles include Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace, the captain in Mister Roberts, Roddy in The Uninvited, and the Aviator in The Little Prince

Rebecca Bailey (Arkádina): Performing credits include The Clean House (BarnArts); Later Life (Shaker Bridge Theatre); Tiger at the Gates, Mirette, As You Like It, and numerous ten-minute play festivals (Parish Players); several Christmas Revels; and a short film, The Monk. She makes music with Counterpoint, Thetford Chamber Singers, the United Church of Strafford choir, Dartmouth College Gospel Choir, and the trio Off the Grid.

Katie Cawley (Nína) is a yoga instructor and works in administration at Open Door, an Integrative Wellness center in White River Junction. She loves performing in and around the Upper Valley and most recently appeared with Parish Players in Flash Mob Caesar, Out of Our Fathers’ House, and Steel Magnolias.

Christian Coffman (Konstantín) moved to Vermont from Mississippi back in 2018. He began with BarnArts with several roles in It Can’t Happen Here and was then cast in a leading role as Leopold Bloom in The Producers. He joined the BarnArts creative team in bringing forth Waiting for Godot last June, and also acted the lead part of Estragon.

Cedar Davidson (Medvedénko) participated in productions growing up in middle and high school, appearing in The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol, and Peter Pan.

Dan Deneen (Sórin) follows up a role as blind Captain Cat in Parish Players’ Under Milk Wood with yet another turn as an old guy with a cane. Rootless for forty years—Michigan, Alaska, Mexico, San Francisco and NYC (to name a few)—Dan has been local hereabouts since 1993 and directed shows for student groups and Parish Players.

Courtney Hollingsworth (Paulína) grew up in Southern California, where she enjoyed acting in the annual Christmas and Easter productions of her church’s drama group, The Acts II Players. She now lives in Vermont and works in hospitality. 

Chelsea Mojallali (Másha) is a new transplant from Brooklyn to the Upper Valley.  She spent time in New York as an apprentice with The Barrow Group theater company, where she had roles in several productions as well as directed staged readings of new works.

Joseph Ronan (Shamráyev) is a lawyer practicing in Norwich. Originally from Philadelphia, he has a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College, an M.A. in English from Rutgers-Camden, and two law degrees from New York University. 

Jim Schley (Dr. Dorn) is a freelance writer, author of the poetry collections One Another and As When, In Season, and editor of nearly two hundred books in varied fields. As a performer, he toured internationally with Bread and Puppet Theater and the Swiss ensemble Les Montreurs d’Images. More recently he has worked with Thetford Chamber Singers and Flock Dance Troupe, and appeared with Parish Players in The Last Pad, Under Milk Wood, and Yours and Mine.