Printer's Devil co-artistic director Kip Fagan is stuck on one important element of Anton Chekhov's description of his play, The Seagull. While the great Russian playwright filled his work with "a lot of talk about literature, not much action and five tons of love," he also stressed a view of a lake as the one scenic element.
The Seattle company will certainly have a view of a body of water when they present their Seagull on the Kalakala Ferry in Lake Union June 21-July 21. Fagan directs this co-adaption and translation with company member Heidi Schreck.
The art deco Ferry, built in 1935, was one of Seattle's first tourist attractions. In 1967 it was sold to the Alaska Food Company where it became a fish processing plant until the City of Kodiak, Alaska bought the ship. Left to rust there, the Kalakala Foundation bought the boat and brought it back in 1997, where the group seeks to restore it completely.
Starring in this Seagull are John Abramson (Trigorin), Deron Bos (Konstantin), Carolyn Crabtree (Polina), Matt Ford (Medvedenko), Karl Keff (Dorn), Tina Kunz (Masha), Richard LeFebvre (Yakov), Ryland Merkey (Sorin), Schreck (Nina), Cathy Sutherland (Arkadina) and Seanjohn Walsh (Shamrayev).
Designing the Ferry-specific show are Thomas Gregg Meyer (sets) and Patti West (lighting). Meaghan Maloney is the stage manager. Tickets are $15-$10. The Kalakala Ferry is located at 2555 N. Northlake Way. For tickets, call (206) 328-2690.
-- By Christine Ehren