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Play Reading: Chekhov and the Lady
Wednesday 24 October
ticket price: $12 – $15
bookings: 03 9662 9966
Chekhov and the Lady, by Judith Armstrong, focuses on the final years of Anton Chekhov’s life from age 40 to 44. During these years, the internationally beloved writer of plays and short stories wrestled with tuberculosis, his fondness for women (especially a certain Moscow actress), and his ingrained need for artistic freedom.
The play is an adaptation of Chekhov’s short story masterpiece, The Lady with the Little Dog, written during the drama of his own final love affair.
Featuring: Marco Chiappi, Vince Crowley, Jean Goodwin, and Daniela Farinacci and directed by Bagryana Popov
Bagryana Popov is a Bulgarian-born award-winning director, actor and performance maker living and working in Melbourne. She has collaborated with acclaimed artists and communities around Australia and in Europe. Most recently her site-specific, durational version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya was performed at Bundanon, co-produced by La Mama. Her award-winning project Progress and Melancholy was a physical theatre adaptation of The Cherry Orchard. She teaches theatre at La Trobe University.
Judith Armstrong taught the literature and culture of pre- and post-Revolutionary Russia at university level, and published five academic books. Leaving the university to write full-time, she has published fiction and non-fiction and written reviews and articles for newspapers, magazines and opera programs. In 2010 and 2011 she was commissioned to write stage-adaptations for the Stork Theatre. She has frequently been a guest on ABC radio, delivered many public lectures, and speaks at literary festivals, fund-raisers, libraries and book-groups.
$12 for tickets purchased in advance online or over the phone
$15 for tickets purchased on the door
(ticket prices include a glass of wine on arrival)