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Since its premiere in 2005, Chiten has staged this version of The Seagull in a variety of spaces, from an outdoor theatre to an opera house, a tearoom, and a cafe. The original play includes many dramatic elements, including a play-within-a-play, an opulent salon, failed romance, and a youthful suicide. But Chiten liberates the play from its conventional setting and turns any location into the “theatre” for the performance. The final version was staged at UNDER-THROW, Chiten’s Kyoto performance space, where a special “tea service” was offered in which audiences were served while speaking dialogue from the play. Bringing the period of the drama’s setting to life for contemporary audiences, the conceit also emphasized the fictional nature of theatre and presented the live actors as part of a documentary.






2007.8.4-5 Biwako Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Shiga
Text Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


Kiyoshi Jinzai
Direction Motoi Miura
Cast Satoko Abe
Dai Ishida
Yusuke Oba
Shie Kubota
Yohei Kobayashi
Hiroe Tani
Staff Assistant Director: Takuya Murakawa
Movie: Shinpei Yamada
Stage Design: Itaru Sugiyama + Karasuya
Sound: Toshihiro Dooka
Lighting: Kenichi Kasai
Costume: Kyoko Domoto
Stage Manager: Shuji Hamamura
Advertising Design: Emi Naya
Production Co-ordinator: Yuna Tajima
Produced by Biwako Hall Foundation