Produced by Zorlu PSM and creative producer Based Istanbul, Dijital Stage is a project that interprets cult classic theatre works through a contemporary lens and brings them together with the audience. This week’s sequence, “The Seagull” is available on the Zorlu PSM Youtube channel on January 14th at 8 Pm.  

This week’s Digital Stage presents Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s most staged play, The Seagull.  With the adaptation of the director İbrahim Çiçek who is one of the bravest people of the theatre world, Digital Stage combines sequences of the theater’s cult works with visual storytelling, bringing them to the digital world and providing a modern interpretation of classic works. The Seagull, which will be staged this week, features Öykü Karayel and Selahattin Paşalı as the lead actors.

At a time when the world stops turning and social activities are reduced to the minimum, I think it is very excellent to find and participate in new forms that allow us to do our jobs.  At least it’s promising.

Öykü Karayel

Within the scope of Digital Stage, Anton Chekhov’s most performed cult play ”The Seagull”, is presenting the audience a brand new meaning.

In The Seagull, a timeless text that tells the story of the struggle to be someone, precisely someone important, the audience finds the opportunity to watch the possibility of Nina and Treplev to establish a partnership in pursuit of completely different dreams with the eye-catching performance of Öykü Karayel and Selahattin Paşalı. Selahattin Paşalı is very excited about what he felt and what he will make us feel.   Looking at the bigger picture he says, “It was an interesting experience, I was trying have a presence on the stage and also showcase what I know, but there was also a camera, so the mix of the two was an interesting experience, to be honest.” Öykü Karayel shares with us the pleasure she had from the experience, which she believes to be inspirational for people during this unusual period. She also expresses the impressions that the project has left on her,  “At a time when the world stops turning and social activities are reduced to the minimum, I think it is very excellent to find and participate in new forms that allow us to do our jobs.  At least it’s promising.”

It was an interesting experience, I was trying to have a presence on the stage and also showcase what I know, but there was also a camera, so the mix of the two was an interesting experience, to be honest.

Selahattin Paşalı

With this timeless work, where we witness the struggles of individuals suffering from the difficulty of finding their own voices, which we can relate with the difficulties to be overcome in today’s society, we are presented with the parts of Nina and Treplev’s inner worlds. 

A timeless text that tells the story of the struggle to be someone, precisely someone important, “The Seagull” offers the audience a fresh viewing experience by being reinvented with different staging.  

You can watch The Seagull on the Zorlu PSM Youtube channel.

Written by Anton Chekhov

Adaptation/Director: İbrahim Çiçek

Videographer: Gizem Kızıl

Cast: Öykü Karayel, Selahattin Paşalı

Producer: Duygu Bayram, Zorlu PSM

Creative Producer: Duygu Bengi, Based Istanbul

Executive Producer: Miray Kaya

Scenography – Stage and Costume Design: Ceyda Balaban

Costume Design: Burak Sanuk, Mert Yemenicioğlu

Music: Ömer Sarıgedik

Photography: Burcu Karademir

Light: İbrahim Çiçek

Light Application: Hakan Kılıç

Project Menager: Levent Dokuzer

Project Coordinator: Gözde Tekay

Video Production: Metehan Öz

Poster Design: Ecem Tungaz

Asistant Director: Helin Demirel

Production Asistants: Sıla Demiral

Kostüm Asistanı: Zeynep Bala Dura

Stage Manager: Emre Gökmenoğlu, Yılmaz Çoban

Sound: Fatih Yücelli, Sergen Şimşek

Camera Crew: Can Tengiz, Behçet Mert Erbirer

Post Production: Zeynep Torun

Camera Asistants: Mehmet Emin Yücel, Murat Çağlayan

Sound Mix: Sehat Soyaltın, North İstanbul ve Serkan Aykut Kargacı Zorlu PSM

Creative Agency: BI Creative

Costume: Beymen, Beymen Collection, I Love Shoes, Nillush Vintage, Miha by Hicran Önal, Hakan Akkaya, Giray Sepin, Palaska.

Time: 27 minutes