Kate Burton and Son Morgan Ritchie to Lead Huntington Theatre Company's THE SEAGULL
Paul Schmidt (Translator, 1934-1999) was one of the most influential critics, translators, and playwrights of his time. His translations, including plays by Chekhov, Gogol, Genet, Brecht, and Marivaux, have been staged such directors as Robert Wilson, JoAnne Akalaitis, and Peter Sellars and have won awards in France, Italy, and the United States. His plays have been performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Thalia Theatre in Hamburg, and Institute for Contemporary Art in London. Dr. Schmidt held a PhD. in Slavic literature from Harvard University and was a professor of Russian literature at the University of Texas and at Wellesley College. He also taught at Harvard, Cornell University, and Yale University, and lectured widely in the US and abroad. His critical essays appeared in The Nation, The New York Review of Books, and Delos. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Dr. Schmidt was the author of Meyerhold at Work and editor of The Complete Works of Arthur Rimbaud and The Collected Works of Velimir Khlebnikov. His collected translations of Chekhov's plays were published in 1997 by Harper Collins.
Maria Aitken (Director) has credits that include the Olivier and Tony Award-winning production of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, which she directed at the Huntington as its American premiere before its Broadway run. Ms. Aitken also directed The Cocktail Hour, Betrayal, Private Lives, and Educating Rita at the Huntington. Her other credits include Sherlock's Last Case (UK), The Gift (Geffen Playhouse, Melbourne Theatre - Australia), the Tony Award-nominated Man and Boy (West End and Broadway), As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Regent's Park), Quartermaine's Terms (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Japes (Bay Street Theatre), Noël Coward's Easy Virtue (Chichester Festival Theatre), Lady Bracknell's Confinement (Vineyard Theatre), School for Scandal (Clwyd Theatre), and many others. As an actress in London at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and in the West End, her leading roles have included Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, Bedroom Farce, Travesties, Waste, Private Lives, and The Vortex, among others. Her film credits include A Fish Called Wanda and others. Ms. Aitken is a visiting teacher at the British American Drama Academy, The Juilliard School, Yale School of Drama, New York University, The Actors Center in New York, and the Academy for Classical Acting. She is the author of two books, A Girdle Round the Earth and Style: Acting in High Comedy. In 2012 she became a trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation.
The Huntington's production of The Seagull will feature scenic design by Ralph Funicello (Third, The Cherry Orchard and Mary Stuart at the Huntington; Julius Caesar on Broadway); costume design by Robert Morgan (The Corn is Green, Third, The Cherry Orchard and others at the Huntington; Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Broadway); lighting design by James F. Ingalls (The Big Knife and Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway); sound design by Drew Levy (Present Laughter at the Huntington and on Broadway; Chaplin and The Importance of Being Earnest on Broadway), and original music by Mark Bennett (The Rose Tattoo at the Huntington; Macbeth and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on Broadway). Production stage manager is Emily F. McMullen. Assistant stage manager is Jeremiah Mullane.