Francis Guinan, Mary Beth Fisher Feast on Seagull at the Goodman, Oct. 16-Nov. 14

News   Francis Guinan, Mary Beth Fisher Feast on Seagull at the Goodman, Oct. 16-Nov. 14 Francis Guinan, a fixture at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, makes his Goodman Theatre debut in Robert Falls' intimate new production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, beginning performances Oct. 16 in the Owen Theatre.

Francis Guinan in rehearsal
Francis Guinan in rehearsal Photo by Liz Lauren

The Russian classic plays to Nov. 14. Guinan (August: Osage County, The Grapes of Wrath) plays retired judge Peter Sorin in the 19th-century classic about creative people and their satellites, gathered at a country house where distant music from across a lake reminds them of the past.

The company also includes Mary Beth Fisher (Rock 'n' Roll, The Year of Magical Thinking) as Sorin's sister, the selfish actress Irina Arkadina, plus Janet Ulrich Brooks (Polina); Rebecca Buller (Maid); Cliff Chamberlain (Boris Trigorin, Irina's young lover); Dietrich Gray (Yakov); Stephen Louis Grush (Konstantin Trepliov, Irina's 25-year-old playwright son); Scott Jaeck (Dr. Eugene Dorn); Kelly O'Sullivan (Masha); Steve Pickering (Ilia Shamrayev, Sorin's estate manager); Demetrios Troy (Simon Medvendenko); and Heather Wood (Nina Zarietchnaya).

Falls said in a statement, "The Seagull was the first Chekhov play I ever read, and it's a play I've grown up with. At 17 or 18, I identified completely with Konstantin, the tragic artist of the play; in my 30s, I more fully understood Trigorin; now in my 50s, it's Dr. Dorn and Sorin. I'm thrilled to direct this masterwork about art and how one approaches art."

For more information, visit ExploreTheGoodman.org.

Mary Beth Fisher, Heather Wood, Francis Guinan and Cliff Chamberlain in rehearsal
Mary Beth Fisher, Heather Wood, Francis Guinan and Cliff Chamberlain in rehearsal Photo by Liz Lauren
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