created and produced by Theater Reconstruction Ensemble

written by Jaclyn Backhaus

after Anton Chekhov

conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski


Performers: Celeste Arias, Jaclyn Backhaus, Michael Barringer, Robbie Baum, Caitlin Bebb, Scarlett Bermingham, Andrew Butler, Matt Carr, Matt Connolly, Nick Fesette, Leigh Jones, Nathaniel Kent, Alex Kveton, Whit Leyenberger, Emily Marro, Christopher Norwood, Josh Odsess-Rubin, Anastasia Olowin, Jon Riddleberger, Kelly Rogers, Eugene Michael Santiago, Patrick Scheid, Lauren Swan-Potras, Merlin Whitehawk, Brian Williams

Producing Directors: Sydney Matthews and Reed Whitney

Scenic Design: Jonathan Cottle | Lighting Design: Marika Kent | Sound Design: Kate Marvin | Stage Manager: Dina Rodriguez


Subtext and samovars run Russianly rampant in this Chekhovian mash-up, featuring a cast of twenty-four actors slapping on some of the most famous (patronymic) names in the history of modern theater. In combining Chekhov’s The Seagull and Three Sisters, Theater Reconstruction Ensemble seeks to explore the foundation of contemporary theatrics by inventing our own elaborate experiment of truly Russian proportions.

photos by Suzi Sadler


‘The Three Seagulls’ is a thoughtful, astute, and invigorating performance by a sensational, energetic cast that never stops. The staging, seamless design, and flawless ensemble work reveal this show as a directorial tour-de-force by John Kurzynowski. This script and its execution represent the kind of premium quality production that comes from a fruitful and synergetic collaboration between writer and director. ‘The Three Seagulls’ is a must see for any Chekhov lover or follower of indie theatre. This fabulous production signals Theater Reconstruction Ensemble and its members as up-and-comers to watch in years to come.
— Theatre Is Easy
‘The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!’ is GREAT! It is so refreshing to see Chekhov presented in a vibrant, fun manner and Theater Reconstruction Ensemble’s production does a beautiful job of capturing the essence and intention, rather than the heaviness and nostalgia, of Chekhov. This is how Chekhov should be!
— Indie Theater Now