© 2019 by The Assembly Theater Project

SEAGULLMACHINE

Production Timeline

2014 - undergroundzero festival (Workshop)

2016 - Williams College Summer Theater Lab (Workshop)

2017 - TDF Performeteria (Workshop)

2017 - Residency at LMCC (Workshop)

2018 - La Mama E.T.C.'s Ellen Stewart Theatre (World Premiere)

2019 - Wesleyan University (Version 2.0)

Creative Team

Created by The Assembly

Conceived by Nic Benacerraf

Directed by Jess Chayes & Nic Benacerraf

Text by Anton ChekhovHeiner Muller & The Assembly

Hamletmachine translated by Carl Weber

Seagull translated by The Assembly

Scenic Design by Nic Benacerraf Emmie Finckel
Costume Design by 
Kate Fry

Sound Design by Asa Wember

Lighting Design by Miriam Nilofa Crowe

Video Design by Ray Sun

Dramaturgy by Stephen Aubrey

Props & Assistant Scenic Design by Jess Cummings

Additional Music by Edward Bauer, Nehassaiu deGannes, Jax Jackson & Aston Hollins McClanahan

Cabaret Choreography by Katie Rose McLaughlin 

Cast: Rolls Andre (Shamraev), Edward Bauer (Medvedenko), Ben Beckley (Trigorin), Marvin Bell (Sorin), Emily Caffery (Maid), Nehassaiu deGannes (Arkadina), Anna Abhau Elliott (Masha)Christopher Hurt (Dorn), Jax Jackson (Konstantin), Layla Khosh (Nina), Daniel Maseda (Yakov), Elena McGhee (Polina), Gaby Resende  (Cook)

Produced by Lucy Jackson

Associate Producer: Emily Caffery

Production Stage Manager: Devin Fletcher

Production Manger: Emma Johnson

Assistant Stage Manager: Azure D. Osborne-Lee

Assistant Directed by Miranda Haymon

Associate Costume Design by Karen Boyer

Assistant Costume Design by Emily Schumann

Technical Director: Carl Whipple

Casting Consultant: Ari Rudess

2017 Workshop Stage Manager: Anna Engelsman

2014 Cast: Edward Bauer, Ben Beckley, Kate Benson, W Tre Davis, Anna Abhau Elliott, 

Christopher Hurt, Matt KorahaisEmily Louise PerkinsTom WalkerCarrie Ann Quinn

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from 

Russia 1896. Germany 1977. USA 2018.

In a world gone mad, when do you take arms against the sea of troubles?


A diverse, multigenerational ensemble takes refuge in an abandoned theater. Caught in an endless rehearsal, they struggle with the pull between action and distraction on a planet where waters rise, wages stagnate, and visionary leaders are nowhere to be found. The Assembly’s newest performance smashes together two iconic riffs on the Hamlet story – Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine – combining theatrical realism, immersive staging, live video, poetry, comedy and tragedy to excavate the legacy of 20th- century drama in the light of the present-day, and ask:

What’s the good of making theater anyway?

“I can’t stand what she calls ‘theatre.’ She sees a temple,

a place of sacred art for the benefit of all humanity;

I see a rotten building with a foundation of

convention and prejudice.”
The Seagull

“My drama, if it still would happen, would happen

in the time of the uprising.”
Hamletmachine

the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

SEAGULLMACHINE is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, supported by 

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net

SEAGULLMACHINE received additional funding from The Yip Harburg Foundation

SEAGULLMACHINE

Photo by Theo Cote