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Anton Chekhov
(aka Anton Pavlovich Chekhov)

Profile created 2005
  • Kashtanka (1995)
    Separated from her master while out on a walk, Kashtanka the dog is adopted by a circus clown. Ages 9-12.
  • On the Harmfulness of Tobacco (1886)
    See Nine Plays of Chekov

  • Ivanov (1887)
    Ivanov, a driving force in local government and a visionary landowner, feels burnt out at thirty-five. Once the pioneer of scientific farming methods and of education for peasants, he now drowns in bureaucracy and debt, his large estate neglected. While his wife is dying, Sacha, a young, educated woman, falls in love with Ivanov and determines to save him.

  • The Bear (1888)
    See Anton Chekhov Plays and The Bear: An Opera Vocal Score 

  • Tatyana Repina (1888)
    The sensational onstage suicide of Russian actress and opera singer Kadmina in 1881 led Alexei Suvorin to memorialize her in his 1888 four-act play Tatyana Repina. One year later, his friend Anton Chekhov, himself fascinated by Kadmina, sent Suvorin a one-act play, which was in fact a fifth act continuation of Tatyana Repina, with instructions to show it to no one. When the play was finally made public years later by Chekhov's brother Mikhail, it presented a mystery: Was it, as the brother claimed, a parody? Or was the brother simply distancing himself from a then controversial Suvorin? Russian historian and linguist John Racin examines the enormous documentary record to make the case that Chekhov's one-act was written as an earnest artistic complement to Suvorin's. Racin's convictions led him to retranslate both Tatyana Repinas, presented here with additional relevant texts.

  • The Swan Song (1888)

  • The Proposal (1889)

  • The Wedding (1889)
    See also
    Anton Chekhov Plays

  • The Wood Demon (1889)
    The Wood Demon is a young man's play, bursting with vitality, energy, and hope. Chekhov has not yet drawn the sky close around his characters: they are able to continue on, undaunted, in the face of sorrow and disappointment. In its intermingling of tears and laughter, The Wood Demon may be one of the most astonishingly Chekhovian of all Chekhov's plays..  Used as material for Uncle Vanya.

  • The Reluctant Tragic Hero (1890)
    See 7 Short Farces by Anton Chekhov

  • The Duel (1891)
    First published in 1891, this morality tale pits a scientist, a government worker, his mistress, a deacon, and a physician against one another in a verbal battle of wits and ethics that explodes into a violent contest: the duel. When Laevsky, a lazy youth who works for the government, tires of his dependent mistress, Nadyezhda Fyodorovna, Von Koren, the scientist, delivers a scathing critique of Loevsky's egotism, forcing the young man to examine his soul. The Duel is a tale of human weakness, the possibility of forgiveness, and a man's ultimate ability to change his ways. It is classic Chekhov, revealing the multifaceted essence of human nature.

  • The Anniversary (1892)

  • The Seagull (1896)
    The Seagull, a spectacular failure on its first appearance, was the play that, on its second, established Anton Chekhov as an important and revolutionary dramatist. Here, amid the weariness of life in the country, the famous actress Arkadina presides over a household riven with desperate love, with dreams of success and dread of failure. It is her son, Konstantin, who one day shoots a seagull; it is the novelist Trigorin who will one day write the story of the seagull so casually killed; but it is Nina, the seagull herself, whose life to come will rewrite the story.
    Movie (1968): Sidney Lumet, director, with James Mason, Simone Signoret, and Vanessa Redgrave  DVD  VHS

  • Uncle Vanya (1897)
    A country house on a terrace. In front of it a garden. In an avenue of trees, under an old poplar, stands a table set for tea, with a samovar, etc. Some benches and chairs stand near the table. On one of them is lying a guitar. A hammock is swung near the table. It is three o'clock in the afternoon of a cloudy day. MARINA, a quiet,
    grey-haired, little old woman, is sitting at the table knitting a stocking.

  • The Three Sisters (1900)
    This landmark play probes the lives and dreams of Olga, Masha and Irina, former Muscovites now living in a provincial town from which they long to escape. Their hopes for a life more suited to their cultivated tastes and sensibilities provide a touching counterpoint to the relentless flow of compromising events in the real world.
    Movie (1965), Shelley Winters, Director, with Geraldine Page and Paul Bogart   VHS
    Movie (1970), Laurence Olivier, director, with Derek Jacobi, Jeanne Watts, Joan Plowright, Laurence Olivier, and Louise Purnell  DVD VHS

  • The Cherry Orchard (1904)
    Classic of world drama concerns the passing of the old semifeudal order in turn-of-the-century Russia, symbolized in the sale of the cherry orchard owned by Madame Ranevskaya. The work also showcases the great Russian writer's rich sensitivities as an observer of human nature.

  • Chekhov: The Major Plays

  • Chekhov for the Stage: The Seagull/ Uncle Vanya/ The Three Sisters/

  • Chekhov's Early Plays

  • Five Comic One-Act Plays

  • Five Plays: Ivanov/ The Seagull/ Uncle Vanya/ Three Sisters/ The Cherry Orchard

  • Monologues from Chekhov

  • Plays: Ivanov/ The Seagull/ Uncle Vanya/ Three Sisters/ The Cherry Orchard/ The Bear/ The Proposal/ A Jubilee

  • The Plays of Anton Chekhov

  • The Seagull/ Uncle Vanya/ Three Sisters/ The Cherry Orchard

  • Twelve Plays

  • Chekhov's Major Plays (1996)
    his book includes translations of Chekhov's five major plays, "Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters," (translated by Karl Kramer) and "The Cherry Orchard" (translated by Karl Kramer and Margaret Booker). The translations strive for accuracy and performability on the stage. The introduction treats two idiosyncratic features of Chekhov's text: the ways he employs the stage direction, "through tears," and his extensive use of ellipses for a variety of purposes. The notes and commentary seek to elucidate various references whose meaning may not be readily apparent to an English-speaking reader today. The explanatory and interpretative materials also provide a wealth of information on variants of specific lines; they give information on a number of issues where the early productions of the plays, under Konstantin Stanislavsky's direction, underwent rather perverse interpretation of Chekhov's material. Finally, the notes offer insights into particular implications of various lines in the plays.

  • The Plays of Anton Chekhov (1998), Paul Schmidt, translator

  • Plays (1997)
    The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard are included in this collection. With accented text and notes, for advanced students. In Russian.

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