Theatre Artists Workshop presents Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’

(Back, L TO R) David Rogers (Westport), Miles Everett (Thomaston CT), Wynter Kullman (Westport), Donald Warfield (Fairfield), Jo Anne Parady (Southport), Katie Sparer (Stratford), and Richard Leonard (Cos Cob). (Seated, L to R) Chilton Ryan (Weston), Florence Phillips (Cos Cob), and Joe Rinaldi (Darien).

(Back, L TO R) David Rogers (Westport), Miles Everett (Thomaston CT), Wynter Kullman (Westport), Donald Warfield (Fairfield), Jo Anne Parady (Southport), Katie Sparer (Stratford), and Richard Leonard (Cos Cob). (Seated, L to R) Chilton Ryan (Weston), Florence Phillips (Cos Cob), and Joe Rinaldi (Darien).

TAW continues its 30th celebration season with the first of three of the company’s wildly popular Classic Night Readings, Anton Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL. Performances run Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. TAW is located at 5 Gregory Blvd in Norwalk. TAW’s Classic Night Readings do not charge admission but donations are encouraged. Also, reservations are not taken, so early arrival is recommended. Parking is free.

Florence Phillips of Cos Cob will tri-direct. The two additional directors, Jo Anne Parady of Southport and Katie Sparer of Stratford, along with Phillips, are acting in the show as well.

What could be more heartbreaking? To love someone and have that love rejected, or to give love to one who barely notices you’re alive? Chekhov, the master of relationships, explores with humor, pathos, and understanding our very human tendency to seek love in all the wrong places. One of his most celebrated plays is brought to life in a Classic Night Reading by the extraordinary cast of the Theatre Artists Workshop. A perfect play for the month of love.

Actors in the reading include Florence Phillips of Cos Cob in the role of Irina Arkadina whose linked romantic and artistic intricacies are at the heart of the play; Miles Everett of Thomaston as her son, the struggling young writer Konstantin Treplev; Wynter Kullmann of Westport as Nina, the young actress who catches both his eye and that of Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin, played by Joe Rinaldi of Darien. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Jo Anne Parady of Southport as Paulina Andryena, Katie Sparer of Stratford, as Masha, Chilton Ryan of Weston, as Peter Sorin, David Rogers of Westport, as Yevgeny Dorn, Richard Leonard of Cos Cob, as Ilya Shamrayev, and Donald Warfield of Fairfield, as Semyon Medvedenko. Lights and sound designed by P.J. Letersky of Westport.

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