Final Performance: Sunday April 9, 2023.
“The birch trees are banished, and in their place blooms a riotous garden of profanity and sexual frankness.”
– Charles Isherwood, The Wall Street Journal
A group of New York theater people retreat to a house in the Hudson Valley hoping to get away from it all. Except they can’t seem to escape the ambitions, rivalries and fragile egos that follow them everywhere.
Chekhov’s sharp satirical eye for hypocrisy and self-absorption among well-meaning people is given fresh, fun emphasis as Thomas Bradshaw returns to The New Group with his contemporary reworking of a classic masterpiece. Directed by The New Group’s Founding Artistic Director Scott Elliott.
This world premiere reunites playwright Thomas Bradshaw and director Scott Elliott, who previously collaborated at The New Group on Bradshaw’s plays Intimacy and Burning.
You can download a digital program HERE.
Please note in this production, herbal cigarettes will be used on stage. This production contains loud noises including a gunshot effect. This production contains strong language, racially offensive language as well as language that may be offensive to various ethnic and religious groups. This production includes sexual situations and depictions of suicide. If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time, day or night, or chat online.
The New Group is updating our public safety protocols in line with other cultural organizations in the city and in accordance with The Pershing Square Signature Center. We will no longer require masks for audiences attending The Seagull/Woodstock, NY. Masking will be strongly encouraged but not required in both the theater and lobby.
For audience members who would prefer to be in a masked audience, we have designated “masks required” performances throughout the run. These performance dates are noted as such on the tickets page.
The safety of our audiences is one of The New Group’s top priorities and we will continue to update our policies as necessary.
Acceptable masks include cloth masks with 2-3 layers of fabric, surgical masks, KN95, and N95 masks. Masks should only be removed when actively eating or drinking. We will provide additional updates to these policies as they continue to change and evolve.
Keyart Design by The Numad Group. Keyart Photography by Serge Nivelle.
Support for The Seagull/Woodstock, NY is provided by The Venturous Theater Fund and The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.
Open Caption service is provided in part by a grant from NYSCA/TDF TAP Plus. Captioning by C2.
Generous support for The New Group is provided by The Shubert Foundation and The Howard Gilman Foundation. The New Group’s productions are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The New Group’s productions are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.