Running time: Two hours, with one intermission

March brings an evening of stories exploring themes of temptation, giving in, and growing up.

In Forbidden Fruit by Fazil Iskander, a young boy wrestles with his pride, his faith, and his familial loyalties when he witnesses his sister eating pork, a food strictly forbidden by his Muslim upbringing. In Wild Plums by Grace Stone Coates, two families confront their class prejudices and assumptions over the simple act of harvesting plums. And in Chekhov’s own The Betrothed, a young woman is finally set to marry the man of her dreams. But her girlhood illusions don't match the realities of the man or the life she will soon be leading.

The evening’s storytellers are acclaimed Seagull ensemble members Julie Briskman and Alexandra Tavares, with guest artist Jean Sherrard. "Forbidden Fruit" will be the first of four readings that will precede The Seagull Project’s full production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard in February 2017.

Part of the series: The Great Soul of Russia

Seagull The 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 .