HIGH POINT, N.C., April 1, 2010 – The High Point University Theatre will present “The Seagull” in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The show will run April 15 through April 18 and is open to the public.
The production, directed by Jay Putnam, assistant professor of theatre at HPU, takes the audience to a Russian country estate near the start of the 20th century. The action follows the trials and tribulations of a series of characters populating the estate – including writers and actors both young and old, and their search for artistic meaning and success. Written by Russian master Anton Chekhov, the play was a sharp contrast to the melodrama of its time. While it failed spectacularly in its first run, it was later hailed as one of the greatest events in the history of Russian theatre and one of the greatest new developments in the history of world drama.
Putnam says this particular production is the final step of a year-long project, funded by a High Point University Think BIG grant, titled “The Masters Project.” The project has included an in-depth examination of Chekhov’s work, with a particular focus on “The Seagull.”
Students have been studying Chekhov’s work during both the fall and spring semesters, and are now ready to put into practice what they?ve learned throughout the year.
The production will feature Alison Earley, senior, playing the young ing