Brian Mertes/Lake Lucille Chekhov Project: I Am a Seagull

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March 2, 2018
Elebash Recital Hall

Photo by Farrol Mertes

Friday 2 | 6:30pm | Elebash Recital Hall

US | 2017 | 93 minutes | directed by Brian Mertes/Lake Lucille Chekhov Project

Life and rehearsal blend together in this filmic portrait of The Seagull. The play is interpreted by a handful of top shelf stage actors from New York City as they converge in an upstate lakeside retreat where they live and breathe Chekhov. Through juxtaposing phases of rehearsal, live performance and pure cinema this hybrid documentary captures the idealism, contradictions and raw instinct that fuels theatre-making itself.

*Followed by a discussion.


Photo by Farrol Mertes

The Lake Lucille Chekhov Project was conceived in 2003 by directors Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman as an exercise in the transformation of space. Living space, working space, community space, performance space, and psychological space. Each Summer, Mertes and Kievman open their Rockland County New York home for two weeks in a grand experiment: A group of sixty friends, all professional theater artists, gather in their front lawn to rehearse and perform a Chekhov play. The Project breaks down conventional barriers between work and home expanding the role of performer and audience into new densities of engagement with one another

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