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Chekhov-Shakespeare mash-up set for La Mama
La MaMa, in association with the Assembly, will present the world premiere of Seagullmachine, created by the Assembly, from April 14–29 at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre (66 East 4th St.). The play, conceived by Nick Benacerraf and co-directed by Jess Chayes and Benacerraf, has a text by Anton Chekhov, Heiner Müller and the Assembly. In it, a group of people takes refuge in an abandoned theater. Caught in an endless rehearsal, “they struggle with the pull between action and distraction on a planet where waters rise, wages stagnate, and visionary leaders are nowhere to be found.” The performance blends two well-known riffs on Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Chekhov’s The Seagull and Müller’s Hamletmachine. The new creation combines theatrical realism, immersive staging, live video, and poetry. For more information and tickets, visit lamama.org/seagull_machine or AssemblyTheater.org. —Edward Karam