NYU Skirball will present the world premiere of Seagull, directed by John Collins, from the award-winning theater company Elevator Repair Service, running July 12 – 31 at NYU Skirball.

They triumphantly tackled Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway with their celebrated productions of The Sound and the Fury, Gatz, and The Select (The Sun Also Rises). Now in their newest project, Elevator Repair Service takes on The Seagull, Anton Chekhov’s classic drama of artists in life and love. Blurring the line between the play itself and an informal chat with the audience, ERS’s venturous approach to the text twists truth into lies and fact into fiction as actors become characters who become actors who become characters.

All the while, the play remains a permanently modern exploration of the conflicting pursuits of art, love, and happiness. The Seagull cast includes Laurena Allan, Kate Benson, Julian Fleisher, John Gasper, Lindsay Hockaday, Maggie Hoffman, Robert M. Johanson, Vin Knight, Gavin Price, Pete Simpson and Susie Sokol. It is directed by Artistic Director John Collins, with scenic design by dots,costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Marika Kent, sound design by Gavin Price and John Gasper, property design by Patricia Marjorie and choreography and movement by Katherine Profeta.