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Chekhov's “The Seagull” Opens MainStage Theatre Season

Kelsi Zahl in the ASU Herberger MainStage Theatre production of Chekhov's "The Seagull," Sept. 28-Oct. 7, 2007.

Photo by Tim Trumble.

September 10, 2007

ASU Herberger College MainStage Theatre opens its 2007-2008 season with "The Seagull," Anton Chekhov’s classic comedy of fame, love, longing and despair among Russian artists at the turn of the 20th century.

"The Seagull" is directed by Patrick Demers, a graduate student in the ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film, and was translated by Paul Schmidt. 

“The Seagull speaks to me personally, as I hope it will to our audience,” Demers says. “Everyone who ever has wanted something unattainable may find solace in this play.”

Audiences can be the first to see exciting new actors, directors, costume designers and writers by attending Herberger College MainStage Theatre productions.

“We are dedicated to moving theatre and film arts into the future, so our programming tends to include new and cutting edge multimedia works or radically updated productions of classic plays," says Linda Essig, director of the School of Theatre and Film. "The Seagull is none of these. Yet, it is a radical play written by a radical playwright. Chekhov provides us with a glimpse into a private world, one you might be familiar with via John Sayles or the later films of Woody Allen.”

School of Theatre and Film faculty are drawn from the ranks of esteemed theatre and film professionals and their work is regularly seen in premiere venues and on screens nationally. Learn about upcoming Theatre MainStage productions at:

Lyceum Theatre, 901. S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

Sept. 28-Sept. 29 and Oct. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.


Public Contact
Herberger College box office, 480.965.6447
School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

Media Contact:
Laurie A. Trotta Valenti
ASU School of Theatre and Film