Leningrad Russia, 1942. Shostakovich furiously writes what would become his most infamous symphony. His home is pelted by Nazi gunfire, the city's great sites are looted and burned, and people resort to ruthless measures, in what would become one of the longest and most costly sieges in human history. He wrote for his country, he wrote for his starving city, and he wrote to spit in the face of his one true enemy—Stalin.

Join members of The Seagull Project ensemble, and director Gavin Reub, as we explore one of the great moments in artistic history. Shostakovich's "7th Symphony" paints a portrait of humanity, horror, and great inspiration over the backdrop of Russia's bloodiest years.

Part of the series: The Great Soul of Russia

SeagullThe Seagull Project was formed out of a passion for the great works of Anton Chekhov. Having met and collaborated on Seattle Shakespeare Company's wildly successful Threepenny Opera in 2011, the founding producers immediately sought a new collaboration; one which allowed the actors to take the time needed to create an ensemble and honor the work of Chekhov with bravery, honesty, simplicity, and elegance. In January of 2013, they opened The Seagull in ACT's Falls Theatre, garnering both audience and critical acclaim. In April of 2014, The Seagull Project had the great distinction of becoming the first American ensemble in history to perform at the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan - a Seattle sister city. Upon their return, they produced Chekhov's Three Sisters in January of 2015. Learn more about The Seagull Project at www.theseagullproject.org.