“Life must be represented not as it is, but as it ought to be; as it appears in dreams.” –Anton Chekhov, The Seagull
photo by Elizabeth Nichols
Poster for Bedlam The Seagull using an image with a woman's body with a seagulls head

The Seagull

October 31–December 21, 2014

The Sheen Center
18 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
written by Anton Chekhov
adapted by Anya Reiss
directed by Eric Tucker

The North American Premiere of a new adaptation by Anya Reiss of Anton Chekov’s The Seagull (in rep with Sense & Sensibility) as part of the inaugural season at the Sheen Center (October 31 through December 22, 2014).

With ten actors, The Seagull is a highly theatrical, immersive telling of a classic story. It’s “a riveting, emotionally charged production that makes this play feel more relevant—and intimate—than ever…”

Meet the cast




The Sheen Center

New York, NY

October 31–December 21, 2014

North American Premiere


Praise for The Seagull

Chekhov’s genius for tapping into timeless feelings of isolation, disappointment, and rejection attains a startling immediacy… A riveting, emotionally charged production that makes this play feel more relevant—and intimate—than ever… for those who return to this playwright time and again to revisit his insights into human frailty and desire, Bedlam’s production will send you soaring.

Pete Hempstead, Theatermania

No troupe in New York these days rides the storytelling momentum of theater more resourcefully or enthusiastically than Bedlam …an easygoing accessibility that suggests there’s no reason to be afraid of Anton Chekhov.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Great theater isn’t about fancy sets or famous actors (though it doesn’t necessarily exclude either). It’s about imagination and intimacy. Given enough of both, a band of gifted unknowns can make theatrical magic in an empty room. That’s what Bedlam Theatre Company is doing with its no-budget off-off-Broadway productions of The Seagull and Sense and Sensibility, which are playing in repertory in a black-box performance space in downtown Manhattan that looks like the inside of a grungy warehouse. If you saw Bedlam’s versions of Hamlet and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, performed under like circumstances in 2012 and 2013, you already know that no theater troupe in America is doing more creative classical revivals. These two shows, staged by Eric Tucker, Bedlam’s artistic director, are—if possible—even better.

Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal