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Week #6 (Anton Chekhov's The Seagull) (In Progress)


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MKhAT (Moscow Art Theater)
Wiki answer: It was founded in 1898 by the seminal Russian theatre practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski, together with the playwright and director Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko. It was conceived as a venue for naturalistic theatre, in contrast to the melodramas that were Russia's dominant form of theatre at the time. The theatre, the first to regularly put on shows implementing Stanislavski's system, proved hugely influential in the acting world and in the development of modern American theatre and drama. ------------------------Matteo's answer from class: Mkhat (Moscow art theater): two people make a theater and have enough money to build it. in the staging/production of it, they started out doing checkoffs work and then it turned out to be a flop and then checkoff was like nope, and stopped until 2yrs ago as they try again and stage it differently and it bangs and then they had it successful so much that they adopted the seagull into the theaters logo
Theater of absurd
plays stressing the irrational or illogical aspects of life, usually to show that modern life is pointless
Why is The Seagull a comedy?
There is a lot of Irony in the play. This idea that life will sort itself out.
Why did Chekhov's contemporaries refer to The Seagull as "new drama"?
The reason why this play can be considered a new drama is mostly due to its open ending and how the action from the end happens off stage when Konstantine takes his own life.
The Seagull is often described as Chekhov's most autobiographical play. Give 2-3 reasons.
1.) When checkoff is 16, his family was bankrupt and he decides to become a doctor and practiced medicine all of his life. There is a Doctor as Dorin and that represents Checkoff as he was a doctor himself all his life.
2.) Checkoff was diagnosed with tuberculosis at around 30. checkoff dies at 44, he knows that he had no cure for himself. Sorin was diagnosed with Bronchitis and at the time there was no known cure for the disease so Checkoff died young as Sorin is dying of an incurable disease as well.
3.)Checkoff was born in Taganrog, from the province as he wasn't really accepted. the play takes place in a rural country/province area on Sorin's estate as Checkoff was born in a small rural town.
Explain the meanings of 3 major characters' names from The Seagull.
1.) Treplev = Talking a lot without meaning.
2.)Sorin= Garbage
3.) (Irina) Abkrina= Connected to Tradition
Define 2-3 features of Chekhov's dramas. How are they realized in The Seagull?
1.)Chekhov's Gun: Chekhov's gun is a dramatic principle that states that every element in a story must be necessary, and irrelevant elements should be removed; elements should not appear to make "false promises" by never coming into play.
2.) Checkoff's writing is considered to being very impressionist and fragmented. Different convos of different people that are used to be able to describe themselves in reality, such like their own monologues instead of actual dialogues. 3) Checkoff makes life to be how it is and it can be resolved, a feature of checkoff.
Describe 2-3 parallels between Shakespeare's Hamlet and Chekhov's The Seagull.
1.) This idea that the main character considers themselves as worthless and lack confidence.
2.) They have a Play in both stories put on to indicate an idea from each main character.
Chekhov's theater is usually described as theater of absurd. Explain this on the examples from The Seagull.
-Open ending finish
-an example is how Nina and trepilyev talk about a lot about nonsense as they are considered to be deaf talking to each other as they talk without meaning.
-Treplyev says a the end that there are no new forms in terms of art. He states that the person just needs to keep on working as ppl need to focus on their work.
What does the seagull symbolize in The Seagull? (Very subjective many answers)
The idea of hopes and dreams and how wild and free they can be. Also how dreams can die.

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