SeaGull69

RUNS

Friday January 24@ 8 pm
Saturday January 25 @ 8 pm
Sunday January 26 @ 7:30 pm
Monday January 27 @ 7:30 pm

Friday January 31 @ 8 pm
Saturday February 1 @ 8 pm
Sunday February 2 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday February 2 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday February 8 @ 7 pm
Saturday February 8 @ 10:30 pm
Sunday February 9 @ 7:30 pm
Monday February 10 @ 7:30pm

Friday February 14 @ 8 pm
Saturday February 15 @ 8 pm
Sunday February 16 @ 7:30 pm
Monday February 17 @ 7:30 pm

Purchase your tickets via Brown Paper Tickets here or call them at 1.800.838.3006.

Tickets are $17, $14 for student or senior with ID.

This is a world premiere of an adaptation by Austin Pendleton and The Acting Company drawing on Marian Fell's translation. Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, the play looks at family and friends pursuing the American dream of fame, love, and fortune in Hollywood, the land of dreams. Chekhov's sense of humor along with his tender and honest look at life is explored through the terrain of this family and their circle's life in Hollywood from 1969-1971.

At "Tom's" The Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development, 330 West 38th St., Suite 805, 8th Floor, New York (between 8th and 9th Avenues).

Cast:

Konstantine -- Michael Arena
Medviedenko -- Charles Black*
Nina -- Jen Danby*
Sorin -- Nick DeSimone
Paulina -- Annette Hunt*
Sharmraeff -- Albert Insinnia*
Trigorin -- Andy McCutcheon*
Arkadina -- Maureen Mooney*
Jacob -- Lei Zhou

* Appears courtesy AEA

Director: Austin Pendleton


Michael Arena MICHAEL ARENA (KONSTANTINE) is a native of New Jersey and has studied under Austin Pendleton and Christopher Martin at HB Studio. He has performed Off-Off Broadway as Luke in MEASURING UP, part of the Turtle Shell Theatre's One Act Festival. He has played Nick Bottom in MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and Stephen in LINE for Bird-on-a-Cliff Productions in upstate New York. He has also appeared on the Bio Channel in a re-enactment of the Dave Foley Story on CELEBRITY GHOST STORIES and in the independent film PALACE LIVING. He would like to thank Jen for this amazing opportunity.
Charles Black CHARLES BLACK (MEDVIEDENKO) is an actor and dancer. Stage credits include: BIRMINGHAM REUNION OneHeart, BURY THE DEAD - HB Playwrights Theatre (dir. Geoffrey Owens), Mississippi Mud Productions: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, LUST, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Mud Actors Lab STREETCAR and VIEUX CARRÉ as the Writer. He has served as Assistant Director for LUST and SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER with Mud, (dir. Austin Pendleton). Television and film include, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN, GUIDING LIGHT, THE LAW & ORDERS, 30 ROCK, THE DEPARTED, ACROSS THE SEA OF TIME, JUST MY LUCK, STONEWALL and many others. Training: Anne Jackson, Mary Anthony, Arthur French, and Austin Pendleton in New York.
Jen Danby JEN DANBY (NINA) With Mud: Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Jane in VIEUX CARRÉ, Marilyn Monroe in her original solo piece THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT, Catharine in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, Vivien in the solo piece VIVIEN LEIGH: THE LAST PRESS CONFERENCE, Helena in LUST, all under Austin Pendleton's direction; Blanche Dubois, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Mud Actors Lab (dir. Mr. Pendleton) and The Cherry Pit (co-directors Brian Lady and Mr. Pendleton), Vivien in ORSON'S SHADOW (dir. Lauren Reinhard). Select stage: HEDDA GABLER; VALPARAISO; THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH (dir. Amy Wright, HB Studio). Film/TV/New Media: The Wooster Group "Dailies" as Paula in PAULA and BAD PICTURES opposite Jim Fletcher (GATZ); TRUE HOLLYWOOD SITTER; RUN #3, ALL MY CHILDREN. Founder & Artistic Director of Mississippi Mud. Ken Park Talent 212.566.8672 – kenparkmgmt@aol.com. AEA, SAG-AFTRA. jendanby.com

Jen Danby NICK DESIMONE (SORIN) This is Nick's debut performance with Mississippi Mud. Stage and film highlights: THE SHAKER CHAIR (EST, dir. Ulu Grosbard, opp. Lois Smith); NEIL SIMON AFTERNOON (dir. James Gandolfini); MAC THE CHARM (opp. Larry Pine); currently developing a one-man-show based on Hal Blaine, the drummer who played on the most #1 hits. Nick recently wrote and directed his first film, TWO BOROUGHS, and is in pre-production for his second film, THE DRUM SET. Dual-Citizen of USA/Italy. www.NickDeSimone.com.

Annette Hunt ANNETTE HUNT (PAULINA) THEATRE: Off Broadway: IVANOV, HILLBILLY WOMEN, THE YEAR OF THE BABY MACBETH, THE SEAGULL Public Theatre standby for Rosemary Harris, (Regional) THE CRUCIBLE (Hartford Stage) A DELICATE BALANCE (Delaware Theatre Co.) DIVIDING THE ESTATE. (Mc Carter) CAMILLE (Bard Summer Scape). THE GOOD WOMAN OF SETUAN (Denver U.) director: Gerth Weyman of The Berliner Ensemble. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Montclair theatre festival) TRIBUTE (Westport Country Playhouse) TELEVISION/RADIO: 30 ROCK, LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (comedy sketches) NBC SPECIAL (The Lead in THE JEWELRY SHOP). ALL MY CHILDREN, AS THE WORLD TURNS, GUIDING LIGHT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE. ­

Albert Insinnia ALBERT INSINNIA (SHARMAEFF) has enjoyed a long career playing prominent roles on Broadway: TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, THE ME NOBODY KNOWS, GREASE; Off-Broadway, Film & Television: LAST CHANCE, JUST FRIENDS, M*A*S*H, ROLLER BOOGIE, CORVETTE SUMMER. He created the recurring role Lt. Pizelli on LAW & ORDER SVU and receIved very favorable reviews for PIECES OF A PLAYWRIGHT, which he conceived and directed in NY. Albert is greatly enjoying this experience with Mississippi Mud and studying and working with Austin Pendleton. For more details, then and now, please visit www. AlbertInsinnia.com

Andy McCutcheon ANDY MCCUTCHEON (TRIGORIN) has acted with Mississippi Mud in VIEUX CARRÉ (Austin Pendleton, director) and ORSON'S SHADOW (Lauren Reinhard, director). Other New York credits include SUMMERFOLK (Austin Pendleton, director), THE CHASE (Rochelle Oliver, director), HEDDA GABLER (Amy Wright, director), THE MASTER AND MARGARITA (Aleksey Burago, director), and BOY'S PLAY (Diane Kamp, director)

Maureen Mooney MAUREEN MOONEY (ARKADINA) Theatre credits include Broadway, GREAT DAY FOR THE RACE, Off- Broadway, MOD DONNA (Public Theatre), L'ETE (Cherry Lane Theatre), THE POSSIBILITIES (American Theatre of Actors) and with Mississippi Mud repertory , directed by Austin Pendleton, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, and SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER. She has toured with THE PRIME OF JEAN BRODIE and BORSTAL BOY. Television audiences remember Maureen originating the role of "Ann Jeffers" on THE GUIDING LIGHT, "Stacey Coles" on ALL MY CHILDREN," Diane Flannery" on ANOTHER WORLD. Film credits include THE FRENCH CONNECTION, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, HELL HIGH and BL STRYKER. Maureen has sold from soup to nuts , acting, singing and dancing in over 100 network TV commercials.

Patricia Perales PATRICIA PERALES (MASHA) Patricia Perales, originally from TX, has been in various theater and film productions in NYC. Most recently seen in this past summer's Mud Actors Lab A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Currently, she studies at HB Studio. She is a graduate of the University of TX - San Antonio and Syracuse University. An avid traveler, she is fluent in Spanish and conversational Italian.

Austin Pendleton AUSTIN PENDLETON (DORN) has just directed CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (AEA Showcase), and VIEUX CARRÉ and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE for the Mud Actors Lab. This past June he directed THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT, a solo project with actress Jen Danby as Marilyn Monroe, with Mississippi Mud Productions. He recently directed TRIBES at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he has acted and directed, as a member of the Ensemble, for many years. In New York, he has directed several Mississippi Mud productions, including SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (in which he also appeared). He was most recently seen as Nightingale in VIEUX CARRÉ Mud Lab and CHOIR BOY at the Manhattan Theatre Company. He has directed three Chekhov productions at Classic Stage Company: UNCLE VANYA, THREE SISTERS (for which he won an Obie), and IVANOV, featuring, between them, such actors as Maggie Gylenhall, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ethan Hawke. He has acted in many movies and in recurring roles on such TV series as HOMOCIDE and OZ, as well as on Broadway in, most recently, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, with Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin, in a script revised by Wendy Kesselman, in whose musical, THE BLACK MONK, he played the title role. He has written three plays: ORSON'S SHADOW, produced at Mud after its off-Broadway run which lasted the year of 2005, at the Barrow St. Theatre, directed by David Cromer; UNCLE BOB, which has been produced in NY, around the country and internationally; and BOOTH, which starred Frank Langella in its productions in New York, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven; as well as the libretto for A MINISTER'S WIFE, music by Josh Schmidt and lyrics by Jan Tranen, commissioned and produced by Chicago's Writers' Theatre in 2009, and at Lincoln Center in 2011. All these works have been published. He directed Elizabeth Taylor on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's THE LITTLE FOXES. He recently directed THE LAST WILL in New York (in which he also appeared), by Robert Brustein, at the Abingdon Theatre. He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York.

Lei Zhou LEI ZHOU (JACOB) has been one of the leading comic actors in the comic troupe of Theater For The New City. Last summer he played Pirate2, a comic role, in the national award winning street theater, SANITATION OR OFF THE GRID, by Crystal Field. Last year he also played comic roles of Wang in LUST and Lomov in THE PROPOSAL, productions of Mississippi Mud Productions, directed by Austin Pendleton. Now he plays Jacob in SeaGull69 and wish you like this comic role and enjoy this unique and original modern version of THE SEAGULL!

Dana Zurkowski DANA ZURKOWSKI (TOPAZ) moved from Israel to NYC in 2009 and tried going to every theater production in the city since (unsuccessfully but came close). She has studied Meisner Technique, Stella Adler and has been a student at HB Studio for the last 3 years during which she has studied with most of the teachers including Austin Pendleton. She was last seen in MAYBE IT'S YOU at Abingdon Theatre. She has worked on stage as well as backstage directing and house managing. She is excited to work with Mississippi Mud Productions and be part of this amazingly creative group.
   
AUSTIN PENDLETON (Director) has just directed CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (AEA Showcase), and VIEUX CARRÉ and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE for the Mud Actors Lab. This past June he directed THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT, a solo project with actress Jen Danby as Marilyn Monroe, with Mississippi Mud Productions. He recently directed TRIBES at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he has acted and directed, as a member of the Ensemble, for many years. In New York, he has directed several Mississippi Mud productions, including SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (in which he also appeared). He was most recently seen as Nightingale in VIEUX CARRÉ Mud Lab and CHOIR BOY at the Manhattan Theatre Company. He has directed three Chekhov productions at Classic Stage Company: UNCLE VANYA, THREE SISTERS (for which he won an Obie), and IVANOV, featuring, between them, such actors as Maggie Gylenhall, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ethan Hawke. He has acted in many movies and in recurring roles on such TV series as HOMOCIDE and OZ, as well as on Broadway in, most recently, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, with Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin, in a script revised by Wendy Kesselman, in whose musical, THE BLACK MONK, he played the title role. He has written three plays: ORSON'S SHADOW, produced at Mud after its off-Broadway run which lasted the year of 2005, at the Barrow St. Theatre, directed by David Cromer; UNCLE BOB, which has been produced in NY, around the country and internationally; and BOOTH, which starred Frank Langella in its productions in New York, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven; as well as the libretto for A MINISTER'S WIFE, music by Josh Schmidt and lyrics by Jan Tranen, commissioned and produced by Chicago's Writers' Theatre in 2009, and at Lincoln Center in 2011. All these works have been published. He directed Elizabeth Taylor on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's THE LITTLE FOXES. He recently directed THE LAST WILL in New York (in which he also appeared), by Robert Brustein, at the Abingdon Theatre. He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York.
BENJAMIN VIGIL (Stage Manager) has his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Missouri. He has stage managed shows including CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Mississippi Mud), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, FUDDY MEERS, HAMLET, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, OLIVER!, REASONS TO BE PRETTY. Other credits include SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO; THE PILLOWMAN; I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE; AVENUE Q; INTO THE WOODS; and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTMAN COUNTY SPELLING BEE among others. He finds it to be an extreme honor and pleasure to work with such talented individuals and would like to thank everyone involved for such an phenomenal experience.
LISA RAYMOND (Production Manager) Managing Director, Marketing/Media Head - Mississippi Mud Productions. When not House Managing one of Mud's Productions, Lisa can be found behind a computer or a camera. As a multi-media artist she works in the visual arts areas of website and graphic design, video, photography, and also consults on social networking, She can also be found as a production manager working with MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Sotheby's, Christie's, the NFL, Elite Model, Ford Model to name but a few. lisaraymond.comwww.lisaraymond.com
SIOBHAN WEISS (Technical Director/Lighting) Siobhan Weiss'  love for plays and live theater started at nine when she saw her first Broadway show. (HARVEY w/Jimmy Stewart and Helen Hayes). Living on the Lower East Side in the eighties presented many opportunities to work with experimental theater and performance art in a writer/director capacity, filling in as a stage manager from time to time. In the mid nineties she began working as a technical director for cabaret shows in many different venues. She has been doing lighting for Mud since this past summer ( A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, VIEUX CARRÉ, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF) and is thrilled to be continuing with SeaGull69.
DAVID B.THOMPSON (Costume Coordinator) holds an MFA in Costume Design & Technology from Virginia Tech. Selected costume designs, include the White Horse Theater Co.'s SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS, IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, and workshop production of HALF, the Lookingglass - productions of MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, as well as the Gallery Players AS YOU LIKE IT. After "running away to join the circus" as Wardrobe Manager for a two year North American tour of Cirque Dreams Illumination, a European-style circus, David returned to NYC as a wardrobe dresser on Broadway's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, then onto Cirque Dreams JUNGLE FANTASY for six weeks in Cancun, Mexico. Immediately following was 4 months as George Hamilton's dresser/personal assistant on the 1st National tour of La Cage aux Folles. He can currenty be found as a dresser in the Tony nominated revival of PIPPIN. With Mud CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER as well as Mud Actors Lab A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and VIEUX CARRÉ. Enjoying playing in the Mud with this exciting group of people!!
NANCY SCHREIBER (Hair Design) has been sought after on all scales within her 25 years of experience – as a personal stylist to celebrities, on fashion shows and album covers. She is Mud's official hair stylist. Nancy can be found at Senses NY on 5th Ave in Manhattan.

For more information please contact lisa@mississippimudproductions.com.