2008 -- 3sis.us (WEB-project)

... script.vtheatre.net/chekhov pages/chapters [7]

Fall'99 Lab Space

* chekhov.us -- the rest of my notes. notes * M. Chekhov -- Acting One: Fundamentals


My (Cut) Version

Act I

Act II


Act IV

Full Text


Century of Chekhov

Chekhov Pages @ Playscript Analysis class

Russian Theatre

POMO Readings (my nonfiction):



For more on Chekhov -- See Classes!

You have to write plays yourself to appreciate Chekhov! Geoff Proehl, Director, reflections after opening the production at the University of Puget Sound

Chekhov on DVD

Chekhov Books

Chekhov Plays

Fall 2005: Chekhov-One-Acts "Chekhov: Take 2" -- "Four Jokes + One Funeral", 1904 Anton's death (new one-act): last day, last hour. Six years since I directed "The Three Sisters" (why now and why the farces?)
Annensky about Chekhov (in Russian, the summer read), I envy the style -- very personal, almost if he himself wrote the play, as if he knows them, Masha, Olga, Irina... The secondary characters became the heroes, the jerks, the types from the comedies -- and we got the tragedy, Beckett only finished this journey... Now -- The American mini-Chekhov!

RAT - Russian American Theatre

Cherry Orchard Notes *

©2006 Fall:


2007 Spring:


Chekhov and Absurd


Cyber Sisters in Alaska

3 Sisters, plot
Chekhov Plays from Amazon
3 Sisters at Amherst
3 Sisters (text on-line)
Chekhov Website from Russia
3 sis all-male adaptation & production
Chekhov links
3 Sis in LA
Chekhov's Love Letters from Amazon
Chekhov Bio
Sisters Review at Purdue U.
Chekhov, the impartial witness
Moscow Art Theatre 3 Sisters
3 Sis (Photo, table)
Chekhov Plays, Another translation
3 Sis Video
Sisters Production, UK
About Chekhov
Chekhov Books list
3 Sisters, Russian film
Chekhov Plays in Russian
The Three Sisters production at Kelsey
Chekhov, Biography

Post-Production period is a new feature, when you deal with the Virtual Theatre -- and we have to put together our hours of tapes together for the streaming video webcasting.

We did it live, but we also can broacast the show, using the tape. The problem is that I am directing 12 Night, another VTheatre project... and in pre-production cycle for WWWilde -- the Importance of Being Earnest


Read "Chekhov's Pages" in SCRIPT directory.

THE THREE SISTERS: Director's Notes

Letters of Anton Chekhov to his family and friends -- With a Biographical Sketch, Translated by Constance Garnett * eBooks@Adelaide 2004
They wait for something... They listen... mostly noises, instead of voices inside... Vershinin (Godot) comes! The event of the act -- he will destroy it all, they will... they want to hope -- they shouldn't, they don't believe themselves. God did die.

Violin (Andrey), voices off stage, Masha whisles, the church bells, the brass orchestra... only then Olga speaks (she writes her diary).

What does silly Masha read? Chekhov's books.

Solyony plays with a revolver in act one already -- spins on the table and rolls the bullet(s) across the very long table. He is an officer, doesn't take his cap off and cleans his nails.
Only he sees Kalugin, takes the tape player with Kalugin's voice to Masha, she give it back. They don't see Kalugin (actor), although he brought the book, it's in his hands. Masha sees him only in act three. She throws away the tape in act four.

Masha drinks, like a man.

What about Tchebutikin? Military Doctor from the base. (They close it at the end). What kind of soldiers they anyway?

Playing Cards -- and Andrey. Somebody plays the actual violin, Andrey watches. Leaves, it stops.

Piano is in the living room. Nobody really plays, note or two, or with one finger, something childish. The photos on the top. Father, mother, Moscow.

In fairy-tales at least one sister gets husband (prince) and leaves happily ever after. Not in our tales.

Where is the military? Chekhov died one year before the Ruso-Japanese war began. If they didn't die then, they all were killing during the revolution and civil war. It's only a decade ahead of them.
Maybe only Masha and Kalugin survived; you can see in "Doctor Zhivago." They, the men, fought against each other. Tusenbach and Solyony will be shooting at each other anyway as "reds" and "whites."

Red wine on Tusenbach's white uniform! When?

The military orchestra playing far away. Sunday -- nothing to do, but the barbeque. And the bells -- the church, they cross themselves, kind of.
The old clock in the dining room? Strikes twelve only! Not working, like everything else.

Candles. (Power outage) Many. Who lights them, who blows them off, when?

The world without men. Only women are left. When did men die?

Is there an icon in this house?

Do they sing together? Hamming. First -- the sisters only. What songs?

To answer:
Andrey gambles! He has cards on him, hides them, throws them away. The child, how present is Bobby? Rocking hourse, he makes it for the boy who is not his son.

Olga is dead and still dying. When did she die first? (How to show it?)

CONCEPT: TV screen above -- the new sky. Live cameras -- second show. Each night diferent.

No servants! No extras! Phone rings, nobody moves.

Cut down the Russian names? "Kul" instead of Kuligin, "Versh" and "Tuzen"?

Fast and slow, i.e. very fast and very slow. Like a Gypsy song. Only two states of mind, the extremes. Talk at the same time and then -- silence.

They all drink. Social drinkers, they say.

They work for the government. They are not busness people, none.

The end -- do it first! Getting dark, only the three are together like lost children.

We all are Russians in the times of POMO! Useless, leftovers from the past.

Set: no more than a foot above the floor. Four platforms: living room, dining room, the porch, the study (Andrey). No door, no windows, everything transparent. They, like us, can see everything and they watch it -- Andrey's suicide attempt, his and Natasha sex, etc.

How did Solyony kill Tuzenbach? Did he? Silent scene, we and the characters watch it. Shadows? Pre-recorded on TV screen? At the same time, while the scene is going on, as if TV -- and nobody pays any attention.

Hopeless. After-life experience. Or before life. They wait for it -- for life, not existance.

Shestov on Chekhov: Writing from the Void.

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