School of Drama to stage Chekhov’s play about ‘miserable hilarity in the countryside'

Anton Chekhov’s “profound” comedy about petty squabbles and thwarted love affairs in the countryside is the second production in the School of Drama’s 2011-2012 season.

“The Seagull” is directed by drama school student Alexandru Mihail and translated by Paul Schmidt. Performances run Jan. 24-28 at the University Theatre, 222 York St.

Mihail was honored with the UNITER Prize for Debut for his production of Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy.” His other directing credits include “The Dresser” by Ronald Harwood; “Tlicked/Blifat” by Gabriel Pintilei; and the television series “Poor Man, Rich Man.” In 2009, Mihail won a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the M.F.A. program at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” At Yale Cabaret, he has directed Chekhov’s “The Wedding Reception,” among other productions.

The production features set by Kristen Robinson, costumes by Maria Hooper, lights by Masha Tsimring, sound by Keri Klick, projections by Paul Lieber, dramaturgy by Ilinca Todorut, and stage management by Alyssa K. Howard.

The cast includes Josia Bania, Will Cobbs, Winston Duke, Chris Henry, Sheria Irving, Charles Margossian, Brenda Meaney, Seamus Mulcahy, Jen Mulrow, Max Roll, Jillian Taylor, and Carmen Zilles. 

Seating is limited. Performances will take place Tuesday-Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10, and are available online, by phone at 203-432-1234, and in person at the box office, 1120 Chapel St. at York Street. 

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