'Seagull' Movie Another Prime Chekhov Role for Alum Annette Bening
SF EXAMINER -- That her experience was almost Chekhovian in its mix of tragedy and comedy is not lost on Bening, whose role in the third film by stage director Michael Mayer (a Tony winner for Spring Awakening) isn’t surprising. She has a long history with the 19th-century Russian dramatist’s plays.
As a student, she starred in Three Sisters at San Francisco State University. She played her current movie role, Irina Arkadina, in The Seagull at American Conservatory Theater while studying for her master’s degree; and appeared in The Cherry Orchard with the Denver Center Theatre Company in 1986 (as well as in Los Angeles in 2006).