During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov, Anton’s sister, placed many of her late brother’s manuscripts and papers in a safety deposit box in Moscow. In 1921 Soviet scholars opened the box, and discovered a play. 

The title page was missing. The play they found has too many characters, too many themes, too much action. All in all, it’s generally dismissed as unstageable. Like life.

Chekhov's First Play premiered Sept 23rd 2015 at Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Chekhov's First Play was made possible by a Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. It was developed with the help of Battersea Arts Centre and co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Irish Arts Center.  Co-production: Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal and TnBA. Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Ongoing touring supported by Culture Ireland. 


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