Because Chekhov’s plays convey the universally recognizable, sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic, frustrations of decent people trying to make sense of their lives, they remain as fresh and vigorous as when they were written a century ago. Gathered here in superb new renderings by one of the most highly regarded translators of our time—versions that have been staged throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain—are Chekhov’s four essential masterpieces for the theater.
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|Title of eBook: Chekhov: The Essential Plays|
|Release Date: 08-12-2003|
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Chekhov: The Essential Plays
Irína Nikoláevna Arkádina (Trépleva by marriage). An actress.
Konstantín Gavrílovich Tréplev (Kóstya). Her son, a young man.
Pyotr Nikoláevich Sórin. Her brother.
Nína Mikháilovna Zaréchnaya. A young girl, the daughter of a rich landowner.
Ilyá Afanásyevich Shamráev. A retired lieutenant, the manager of Sorin’s estate.
Polína Andréevna. His wife.
María Ilyínichna (Másha). His daughter.
Borís Alexéevich Trigórin. A writer.
Yevgény Sergéevich Dorn. A doctor.
Semyón Sergéevich Medvedénko. A schoolmaster.
Yákov. A workman.
A Male Cook.
The action takes place on Sorin’s estate. Two years pass between Acts Three and Four.
The grounds of Sorin’s estate. A broad tree-lined path leading away from the audience to a lake is cut off by a makeshift stage for an amateur performance. The lake is hidden from view. Bushes to the left and right of the stage. Several chairs, a small table.
The sun has just set. On the stage behind a lowered curtain Yakov and other Workmen are heard coughing and hammering. Enter Masha and Medvedenko, left, on their way back from a walk.
Medvedenko. Why is it you always wear black?
Masha. I’m in mourning for my life. I’m unhappy.
Medvedenko. But why? (Thinking hard.) I can’t understand it . . . You’re healthy. Your father may not be rich, but he has a comfortable life. My life’s much harder than yours̵