To most people seagulls are a pesky nuisance, but to playwright Anton Chekhov, they’re more than just small scavengers looking for a free french fry. The theatre department at the College of Charleston presents Chekhov’s The Seagull beginning April 16. This play tells the story of a young man, Konstantin who has been sent to live with his uncle after his actress mother abandons him. The resentment Konstantin has for his mother gives him the desperate need to impress her and more importantly the woman he loves, Nina. But his efforts go largely unrewarded: when he proudly presents Nina with a dead seagull, she’s completely disgusted. Surprisingly, the first night Chekhov debuted the play it was a complete failure and booed by the audience. Over time, the play became widely popular and one of Chekhov’s most beloved plays. Although it was originally set in 19th century Russia, this production’s set will use a generic location and the clothing will not necessarily be from the 19th century, but will fit the personalities of each character. Don’t miss the Talk Back discussions with the cast and crew opening night after the performance.