• Noorderzon: The Chekhov Project
      I am a Seagull

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  • Film | New York, USA

    For the past sixteen summers, at an age-old farm near New York, a special group of award-winning actors, writers, musicians, cooks and costume designers have been gathering each summer. Why? To prepare their annual Chekhov performance: an intense week of sharing and acting, all culminating in a single unique play, made for and together with the local community. It is a modern tradition in the spirit of Anton Chekhov, the Russian playwright who was unrivalled in his portrayal of the idle, well-to-do bourgeoisie. 
Evoking Chekhov’s The Seagull – for instance in the way that everyone falls for the wrong person – this artistic movie sublimely melds together images. It is a masterful mix of a theatrical event and the accompanying tension behind the scenes. Raw, unexpectedly beautiful and quite heartbreaking too. Last year we presented the Dutch premiere, this year you get another chance.

    With an introduction by director Alex Harvey and Q&A with the company.

    “Through juxtaposed phases of rehearsal, live performance, and pure cinema, this experience captures the idealism, contradictions, and raw instinct that fuel theater-making itself” - Theatermania.com

  • Corona
  • In order to follow the RIVM guidelines and to ensure everyone’s safety, capacity is limited. Please read the measures before purchasing a ticket.

  • Noorderzon Summer Programme
  • With the festival cancelled, Noorderzon brings you 6 summer weeks filled with a typical Noorderzon programme, presented to small live audiences.
    Noorderzon offers a mix of new and celebrated shows from previous editions. International and local shows, film, installations, audio tours, lectures, a reading marathon and a weekly talkshow. The events take place all over the city, also in Grand Theatre.

  • Ticket sales
  • Tickets for the special NoorderZomerProgramma will only be sold online through the Noorderzon website. The current availability of tickets is shown there.


  • director Brian Mertes | co-director Alex Harvey | artistic manager Melissa Kievman
 | performers Gabe Ebert, Didi O’Connell, Rob Campbell, Gayle Rankin, Annie Baker, Glen Berger, Joan MacIntosh, T.R. Knight, Wendy Vanden Heuvel, Guy Boyd, Lynn Cohen 
| script Stephanie Fleischmann
 | editor Ian Olds
 | cinematography Miklos Buk
 | choreography Jesse J. Perez
 | puppet design Julian Crouch
 | design Deb O
 | composers Daniel Kluger, Daniel Baker, Brandon Walcott 
| costumes Olivera Gajic
 | music Saskia Lane, Lila Blue, Damon Daunno, Lucas Papaelias, Phil Roebuck, Phoenix Roebuck, Gabe Ebert, Elvy Yost, Elena Moon Park, Vicky Finney, Marc Osterer, Jason Candler, Josh, James Crouch | licht Alejandro Le Roux, Daniel Scully, Barbara Samuels | production Wendy Vanden Heuvel, Julie Buck, Johnny Moreno, Samara Levenstein

  • Prices
  • Regular: €7,50
  • Length
  • 90 minutes + introduction and aftertalk

  • Language
  • English spoken

  • Corona
  • In order to follow the RIVM guidelines and to ensure everyone’s safety, capacity is limited. Please read the measures before purchasing a ticket.

  • Noorderzon Summer Programme
  • With the festival cancelled, Noorderzon brings you 6 summer weeks filled with a typical Noorderzon programme, presented to small live audiences.
    Noorderzon offers a mix of new and celebrated shows from previous editions. International and local shows, film, installations, audio tours, lectures, a reading marathon and a weekly talkshow. The events take place all over the city, also in Grand Theatre.

  • Ticket sales
  • Tickets for the special NoorderZomerProgramma will only be sold online through the Noorderzon website. The current availability of tickets is shown there.