Seagull (Thinking of you) is a live performance that considers and responds to late Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s Seagull. Half Straddle writer/director Tina Satter’s singular contemporary voice takes on the beauty and darkness of chekhov’s original play for a necessary rediscovery
Drawing from personal letters, varying translations, details from early productions of the play in Russia, and Chekhov’s perverse sense of comedy to consider anew what makes the human heart really beat and why we ever try to say something out loud.
With her Half Straddle collaborators — highly regarded performers of New York City's downtown performance world — Satter deconstructs the texts to stage a personal and unexpected piece ultimately about performing, failure, and making something with people you could love. With a Russian folk metal-influenced score.
Performed by Jess Barbagallo, Eliza Bent, Becca Blackwell, Emily Davis, Julia Sirna-Frest, Susie Sokol
Set Designer Andreea Mincic
Lighting Designer Zack Tinkelman
Composer/ Sound Designer Chris Giarmo
Production Manager Liz Nielsen
Stage Manager Randi Rivera
Costume Designer Enver Chakartash
Photos by Ilan Bachrach
Half Straddle is a New York City-based performance group that has been creating plays, performances, videos, and music written and directed by Tina Satter since 2008 with the collaboration of artists that includes composer Chris Giarmo and performers Jess Barbagallo, Eliza Bent, Emily Davis, Erin Markey, and Julia Sirna-Frest. The group’s 6 full-length, critically acclaimed shows set up performative laboratories that feature original text, music, and stylized frameworks that slyly deconstruct the preconceived, with a singular écriture feminine. What results is an explosion, or delicate reveal of new meaning.
Half Straddle's most recent full-length show, Seagull (Thinking of you), premiered in January 2013 in New York City as part of PS122’s COIL Festival, following developmental residencies at MASS MoCA, the New Museum, and Abrons Art Center. In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL, their show about an all-female football team, was named a Top 10 Show of 2011 by PAPER Magazine, among other honors, and FAMILY was named a Top 10 show of 2009 by Time Out New York.
Recent and current projects include a L.A.B. residency at The Kitchen; an upcoming commission by the New York City Players (premiering October 2013, Abrons Art Center), and a commission for Soho Rep.
Their show Away Uniform will be presented at Culturgest (Lisbon, Portugal) in October 2013, and In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL andSeagull (Thinking of you) will tour to Normandy, France in November 2013. www.halfstraddle.com
Seagull (Thinking of you) was made possible with commissioning support from Performance Space 122 and the Jerome Foundation. Developed in residences at MASS MoCA (December 2012), the New Museum (September/August 2012), and Abrons Art Center (April 2012). Early stages of the work were shown at Prelude Festival (October 2011).