News: World Premiere Translation of "Sea Gull" by John Christopher Jones Extends Through June 2

Adult Film, a Brooklyn-based theatre company, film studio, and actor training center, is currently presenting Sea Gull, a new version of Anton Chekhov's play, at Rutgers Presbyterian Church for a limited run in the Upper West Side. Originally set to end on May 26th, this run has been extended to June 2nd after a sold-out first weekend.

AF artistic director Ryan Czerwonko directs and plays Konstantin. The cast features Mia Vallet as Nina, Megan Metrikin as Arkadina, Christian Ryan as Trigorin, Lauren Guglielmello as Masha, Simon Fortin as Sorin, Ira Gamerman as Medvedenko, Christopher Jon Martin as Dorn, Ellie Mae Miller as Paulina, and Peter Rinaldi as Shamrayev, with Rob Riordan understudying.

AF is a group of working-class artists who set out in May 2023 with a mission to work on the play for one whole year, seemingly an impossible task in our fragmented hypermodern moment, while recording the process as part of a feature film documentary. With a focus on the show as a laboratory for the art of acting, using the play that changed acting forever, the performances will be a semi-immersive blend of both theatre and film, the two mediums the actor straddles. The piece is rooted in an exciting new translation by John Christopher Jones, whose Cherry Orchard was featured in the Chekhov Cycle at Classic Stage. Since beginning the process, multiple Vanya productions have sprung up, and AF is thrilled to be part of the conversation in this wave of a Chekhovian Renaissance that has struck NYC.

Inspired by the giants of the past, with Andre Gregory and Nikos Psacharopoulos' work at Williamstown as major influences, this production brings NYC today into sharp focus, asking who really is an artist? Who gets to make theatre here? Who is kept out of it? What is art itself?

With film/video by Meg Case and Brad Porter, Assistant Director: Matt Street, Stage Manager: Ethan Navarro. Produced by Ryan Czerwonko, Mia Vallet, Meg Case, Brad Porter, and Adult Film.

Tickets are $25 plus ticketing fees.


All 7:30 pm at Rutgers Church, 276 W. 73rd St, New York, NY:

Thursday, May 16
Friday, May 17
Saturday, May 18
Sunday, May 19
Thursday, May 23
Friday, May 24
Saturday, May 25
Sunday, May 26
Friday, May 31
Saturday, June 1

7:30 pm at Stone Circle Theatre, 59-14 70th Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385:

Sunday, June 2


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