The Seagull Humanities Forum with Laurence Senelick

3/23/2014 Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre

Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland will discuss the literary themes and cultural context of The Seagull with Laurence Senelick, Director of Graduate Studies, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, following the 2pm performance. This event is free with the purchase of a ticket to any performance of The Seagull.




Lauren Senelick is the Director of Graduate Studies, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard. His expertise is in Russian theatre and drama, history of popular entertainment, gender and performance, history of directing, and classical theory. Professor Senelick is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, the most recent being Stanislavsky: A Life in Letters (Routledge), The American Stage: Writing on the American Theatre from Washington Irving to Tony Kushner (Library of America), and A Historical Dictionary of Russian Theatre. Other books include The Chekhov Theatre: A Century of the Plays in Performance and The Changing Room: Sex, Drag, and Theatre,as well as over a hundred articles in learned journals. He is also a widely produced translatoer of plays from such authors as Chekhov and Feydeau. His documentary history of Soviet theatre will be published by Yale University Press in May. He is a former Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin. Professor Senelick was named Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.

The Humanities Forum explores the context and significance of the play with a leading expert. Past forums have featured historians Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals) and Beverly Morgan-Welch (Museum of African-American History), playwrights Paula Vogel and Lydia R. Diamond, Boston Globe columnists, and accomplished scholars. The Humanities Forum is presented following select Sunday matinee performances.

About The Seagull

Kate Burton (TV's "Scandal") returns to the Huntington for Chekhov's emotionally rich classic, directed by Huntington favorite Maria Aitken (The Cocktail Hour, Betrayal, and Private Lives). Celebrated actress Irina Arkadina's visit to her aspiring playwright son with her successful novelist lover in tow kindles unrequited passions and petty jealousies in Anton Chekhov's masterpiece about love, missed connections, and what it means to be an artist. Burton's son Morgan Ritchie, who appeared with her in The Corn is Green, plays Arkadina's son Konstantin.

"Maria is such a beloved member of the Huntington family and gifted interpreter of the classics, and she will undoubtedly coax incredible humor and pathos out of Chekhov's masterpiece."— Peter DuBois

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