According to the author, Chekhov's plays are always basically comedies. Although The Seagull is a story with a tragic ending, its first reading is still a comedy. Everyone is fatally in love with someone else, so everyone is unhappy, but the story is at least as comical as it is tragic.
The deeper, more complex content of the work illuminates the complicated depths of the artistic-creative personality with cruel honesty. The true basic motive of the drama is the desire to create an artistic work at all costs, and the soul analysis of the artistic product, the tormenting desire to be an artist.
Chekhov's doubts and ponderings about human relationships, talent, theatrical values, creation, creative processes are thoughts that fundamentally affect our lives and our everyday life in the theater.
The disunity of our theater world and profession, our fundamental contradictions in our views, theatrical content that is tragically empty, the painful lack of catharsis in celebrated performances - for me, all of this screams painfully from Chekhov's work, as a warning message to the "theatre makers" of our time.
Balázs Blaskó was born in Budapest in 1953. In 1976, he graduated from the College of Theater and Film Arts, majoring in acting, after that he worked predominantly in leading companies in rural areas, including Debrecen, Kecskemét, and Veszprém. He has been living in Eger since 1988, acting and directing at the Géza Gárdonyi Theatre. His wife is the actress Kinga Saárossy, they raised two children together.
Between 1994 and 2011, Agria Játékok Nonprofit Ltd. was established in order to restart the summer theater in Eger, and he is also a founding member and managing director of the Agria Summer Plays Outdoor Theater. Between 1989 and 1993, he taught artistic speech and acting in the Actors' Training Studio of the Géza Gárdonyi Theatre. Between 1996 and 1999, he was the events' director of the city of Eger. In 2003, he graduated from the Doctor of Liberal Arts course at the University of Theater and Film Arts. Since February 1, 2011, he has been the director of the Géza Gárdonyi Theater in Eger. In 2014, he was awarded the Jászai Mari award.