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Don't miss The Seagull (Available Now!)
The Seagull. By Anton Chekhov. New Adaptation by Simon Stephens.
Unrequited love. Creative jealousy. Guns. Vodka. Art. A summer weekend at a lakeside estate falls apart when celebrities come to visit. Switching effortlessly between the ridiculous and the profound, this masterpiece of the modern era examines the burning need to create art and the destructive power of love. Read The Playbill.
> Explore the 9 other plays from russia to round out your Around the World in 80 Plays experience
Tickets are Pay-What-You-Choose, and audiences enjoy unlimited access to the audio drama from the premiere date until June 30, 2021. You will receive an email on May 12 with a link to log into your account and listen to an embedded audio file through your computer or device. To purchase a Passport Subscription and enjoy all eight productions, CLICK HERE.
Complimentary access for Front Line Workers and members of our Free 25 and Under program sponsored by Sun Life.
CBC IDEAS - RUSSIA indepth Podcast (Available Now!)
IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. Using The Seagull as a launching-off point, Host Nahlah Ayed sits down with artists to discuss the cultural context to understand this Russian drama, and what it might have to say to our contemporary Canadian context. FREE
EXTEND YOUR STAY
free russian cocktail masterclass
In partnership with Toronto Life Insider, to celebrate the premiere of our audio drama The Seagull, we are thrilled to offer an exclusive online Russian Cocktail Masterclass hosted by Evelyn Chick. During the masterclass, Evelyn walked through three classic cocktail recipes with famous Russian vodka, providing her own twist with easy to find ingredients at home.
Featured here is a double interview from TIFA 2020, between two Canadian authors whose latest collections of short stories reflect on themes of community, and how lives can intertwine throughout significant historical or societal change.
Maria Reva, a Ukraine-born Canadian writer, examines life for a small community within a police state in 1980s Ukraine, in Good Citizens Need Not Fear. This conversation touches on the absurd to the horrific, illuminating the unexpected ways we remain connected during times of change.
Book Recommendations from Toronto International Festival of Authors
SPOTLIGHT from small world music – blisk
BLISK is described as a musical journey travelling through Ukraine, Poland, Russia, the Balkans and beyond. The Toronto-based, all-female quartet was brought together by a deep love and respect for the ancient songs and dances of these regions, bringing the tunes to life in the modern world through unique original compositions, storytelling, dance and distinctive arrangements of traditional folk music. BLISK is Stephania Woloshyn, Ekaterina, Nastasia Y, and Ewelina Ferenc. Throughout their performance, the band regularly shares stories about the ancient rituals and folklore from which the songs originate, which is important to the group. BLISK debuted in December of 2017, at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto where they opened for JUNO-nominated Turkwaz.
Explore Arts and Culture
State Hermitage is one of the largest museums in the world. Its exhibitions include over 3 million exhibits representing Antiquity, Western Europe, Middle East, Russia and many more epochs, countries and regions.
A short 360' video allows you to look around as you visit the sites of Russia's capital
The Bolshoi building, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscow’s main sights, was opened on 20 October 1856, on Tsar Alexander II’s coronation day.
It is in these places, where Pushkin first saw the beauty of the Russian countryside, peasant dances, folk songs he heard and saw the rich and the provincial nobility, here shaped his outlook on life, here he began to write his first poems here it is formed as a great national poet.
The State Museum of the history of cosmonautics, the first in the world and the largest in Russia, was opened in 1967.
Take a stroll down the street and enjoy a sampling of the magnificant mural art that has recently taken over Moscow.
The Theatrical Canon - Russia
9 OTHER PLAYS CURATED BY SOULPEPPER ARTISTS AND LOCAL SCHOLARS TO READ AND ENJOY! INQUIRE ABOUT THESE TITLES AT YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP OR LIBRARY.
mercilessly lampoons the corrupt officials of an obscure
provincial town that is portrayed as a microcosm of the
The Storm is a drama in five acts. The Storm is a work of
social criticism, which is directed particularly towards the
Russian merchant class.
Influenced by the works of Chekhov.
In a small Russian town at the turn of the century, three sisters
- Olga, Irina (Louise Purnell) and Masha - and their brother
Andrei live, but dream daily of their return to their former home
in Moscow, where life is charming, stimulating and meaningful.
But for now, they exist in a malaise of dissatisfaction.
returns to her family estate (which includes a large and well-known
cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage.
Unresponsive to offers to save the estate, she allows its sale to the
son of a former serf; the family leaves to the sound of the cherry
orchard being cut down.
when Natalya, a married woman, and Vera, her young ward, both fall
in love with Belyayev, the naive young tutor of Natalya's son.
impoverished Russians living in a shelter near the Volga.
This epic centres the October Revolution and the ensuing Russian
Civil War, which the Tsvetaeva experienced first-hand in Moscow
before emigrating in 1922.
A documentary play which some would call the first piece of truly 'political' theatre in modern Russia, documenting government corruption, first staged at Russia's foremost political studio-theatre, Teatr.doc in Moscow, and here in translation by the UK's Sputnik Theatre Company. Recommended by Sputnik Theatre Company.
Soulpepper’s Around The World In 80 Plays series has become essential for theatre lovers. Imagine a mini international theatre festival for the ears, intellect and soul.- NOW Magazine
Chekhov’s characters are enslaved in their own identities. Each life is a calamity, as each character, promoting their own misery, clings fiercely to whatever identity they have concocted for themselves. Everyone has someone to blame as they cast about for meaning, and never realize that the real meaning and force of life vibrates in the bonds that exist between us all. A beautiful play for these times.- Daniel Brooks, Director
All around the world and throughout history, humans have acted out the stories that are significant to them, the stories that are central to their sense of who they are, the stories that have defined their communities, and shaped their societies. When we talk about classical theatre we want to explore what that means from the many perspectives of this city. This is a celebration of our global canon.- Weyni Mengesha, Soulpepper Artistic Director