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Colby College’s Department of Theater and Dance presents Gull, an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, October 8 and 9. The performance is part of the college’s 2004 Chekhov Centenary Festival celebrating the life of the Russian physician and author in the 100th year after his death. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. Admission is charged.

Presented by Manhattan’s LightBox Theater, Gull focuses on the relationships in Chekhov’s play and on each character’s inability to live fully in the present. The characters have a sense of the greatness they deserve but are tragically unable to activate it in the here-and-now.

The Chekhov Centenary Festival, which is supported by grants from the Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, includes a number of films, live performances, and lectures October 6 through 9. Following the performance of Gull, the director will lead a group discussion. For more information, please visit

General admission is $3; students and seniors are $2. For ticket information call the box office at 207-872-3358 between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Or call 207-872-3388 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on upcoming productions visit the Theater and Dance Web site at