Educators Introduction

Welcome to the McCarter Audience Guide educator materials for A Seagull in the Hamptons. This guide has been assembled to complement both your students’ theater-going experience and your class curriculum by offering a variety of interesting and edifying activities for both pre-show and post-performance instruction and enjoyment.

This production of A Seagull in the Hamptons, Emily Mann’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic Russian comedy, affords opportunities for enrichment in historical and cultural studies, language arts, theater and media/visual arts. Students can explore the play’s characters and themes as presented by the nineteenth-century playwright in his original work, and consider and critique those characters and themes as transposed and interpreted by a twenty-first-century adaptor/director in a production much closer to home, in time and place. Students will also have the opportunity to make investigations into the world of the Pre-Revolutionary Russian Intelligentsia-- the rich historical culture in which Chekhov lived and worked, and which he represented on stage. They will be encouraged to creatively contemplate these topics and themes in imaginative, artistic activities.  Teachers can also link their classroom directly with McCarter Theatre via McCarter’s Blog, which can be used to gain insight into the artistic process and post comments regarding the production as it moves from pre-production into rehearsal and performance.

Our student audiences are often our favorite audiences at McCarter, and we encourage you and your students to join us for a live and lively conversation with members of the cast after the performance. Our visiting artists are always impressed with the preparation and thoughtfulness of McCarter’s young audiences, and the post-performance discussion offers a unique opportunity for students to engage intellectually with professional theater practitioners. We look forward to seeing all of you for a wonderful discussion about A Seagull in the Hamptons.