Exploring Millennial Hopelessness though Chekhov’s The Seagull

The Seagull



Our lives are almost over!


I know dear, but what can we do?

“Cue long silence”

Is life tragic or hilarious?

Are mankind failures tragic or hilarious?

Anton Chekhov’s play The Seagull can be analyzed as to how we live with failures over our lives. In Chekhov’s play, no character seems to succeed or fail in coping with failures. And everyone takes a different attitude, shaped as a result of her or his own life.

I had the opportunity to see yesterday night the production of The Seagull by Stanford TAPS (Theater & Performance Studies).

TAPS has a few performances a year opened to the public.

In preparation for their acting in The Seagull, TAPS Professor Michael Rau asked his students to mirror themselves into Chekhov’s characters.

Following is what he has to say…






Note 1: The picture above is from Stanford TAPS production of the Seagull.

Note 2: The notes from Professor Rau are taken from the play’s production program.

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