Goodman's Seagull to Spotlight Mary Beth Fisher, Francis Guinan, Heather Wood

News   Goodman's Seagull to Spotlight Mary Beth Fisher, Francis Guinan, Heather Wood
Francis Guinan, a fixture at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will make his Goodman Theatre debut in Robert Falls' intimate new production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. The classic will play Oct. 16-Nov. 14 in the Owen Theatre.
Francis Guinan
Francis Guinan

Guinan (August: Osage County, The Grapes of Wrath) will play retired judge Peter Sorin in the 19th century classic about Russian creative people and their satellites. 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."

Individual tickets for The Seagull and Candide go on sale Aug. 13.

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