THE SEAGULL with special guests screenwriter Stephen Karam and James LapineUSA | 2018 | 98 minutes | Rated PG-13 | Drama
Directed by Michael Mayer (VI)
Tuesday August 21, 2018, 7:30pm
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$15 General Admission, $12 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
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Directed by Michael Mayer (VI)
Written by Stephen Karam
Co-starring Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Elizabeth Moss, Corey Stoll, and Mare Winningham
Screenwriter and Tony Award-winning author Stephen Karam will be joined by Tony Award-winning director James Lapine for an on-stage discussion after the film.
One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life. Adapted by Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam (“The Humans”) from Anton Chekhov’s classic play and directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”), THE SEAGULL explores, with comedy and melancholy, the obsessive nature of love, the tangled relationships between parents and children, and the transcendent value and psychic toll of art.
Stephen Karam is the Tony Award-winning author of The Humans, Sons of the Prophet and Speech & Debate. His adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard premiered on Broadway as part of Roundabout’s 2016 season. Recent honors include two Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards; he is an OBIE Award winner and a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Stephen grew up in Scranton, PA and lives in New York City.
JAMES LAPINE has written the book for and directed Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion and the multi-media revue Sondheim on Sondheim as well as having written five plays. He recently directed the acclaimed Broadway revival of his collaboration with William Finn Falsettos. Also with Finn: A New Brain, Muscle and Little Miss Sunshine, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Lapine has also directed many productions off-Broadway as well as four films and wrote the screenplay for the film version of Into the Woods. His HBO documentary Six By Sondheim won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for direction. He has been nominated for twelve Tony Awards® winning three times. He also has received five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He has been inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and received the 2015 Sondheim Award from the Signature.
"Bening and Stoll, in particular, find all the wit, vanity, vulnerability and casual cruelty there is to be found here."--Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“The Seagull,” as you hardly needed me to tell you, remains a masterpiece, a pungent and permanently modern anatomy of the conflicting pursuits of fame, art, love and happiness."-- A.O. Scott, New York Times