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...In this classic of Chekhov’s canon, an overbearing professor pays a visit to his country estate, where Sonya and Vanya, his daughter and former brother-in-law, have slaved to maintain his wealth. But Vanya is enchanted by the professor...
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...Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is considered one of his most haunting and atmospheric character studies. A would-be playwright is at war with his egoistic mother while the town has become intoxicated by a sensational author...
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...Dostoyevsky’s titanic masterpiece The Brothers Karamazov is here adapted into a spellbinding full-cast drama by playwright David Fishelson. The passionate Karamazov brothers spring to life, led by their rogue of a father, who entertains...
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...A full-cast performance of Chekhov’s masterpiece starring Jennifer Westfeldt, Tessa Thompson, Sarah Zimmerman and Jon Hamm. Meet Olga, Masha, and Irina, warm and cultured young sisters who were reared in the exciting hubbub of Moscow...

Meyerhold – the First Five Years

Edward Braun

Edward Braun is Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Bristol. He edited the pioneering English-language selection from Meyerhold’s writings, Meyerhold on Theatre, in 1969, and in 1979 published his major critical assessment, The Theatre of Meyerhold. His The Director & the Stage was first published in 1982. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Director and the Stage : From Naturalism to Grotowski

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1982

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...In the years immediately following the turn of the century Symbolism came to its peak in Russian literature, but until 1906 it yielded no drama of any consequence and had little impact on the theatre, where the Moscow Art Theatre remained...

Beyond Etudes

James Thomas

James Thomas is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. He received his BA from St. Ambrose College, MA from Villanova University, and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Mt. Holyoke College and Marquette University, and was Associate Dean of the School of Theatre at Florida State University. He was Chair of the Department of Theatre at Wayne State University from 1994–1999 and Interim Chair of the merged Department of Theatre and Dance 2010–2012. In 2001, he established a Study Abroad Program with the Moscow Art Theatre School, which program is now in its 15th year of continuous operation. He has translated the books of the legendary Russian director Anatoly Efros and is presently working on a translation of the rehearsal journals for Efros’s ground–breaking production of Anton Chekhov’s play, The Seagull. He is author of Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, which is now in its fifth edition and the standard text in the field. His is recipient of the Service Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Outstanding Mentor Award and Murray Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Award from Wayne State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Director’s Guide to Stanislavsky’s Active Analysis : Including the Formative Essay on Active Analysis by Maria Knebel

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...In etudes, the actor’s subconscious is awakened so that the borderline between analysis and embodiment is virtually eliminated. A time comes when the actor on stage is not yet fully characterized, but already he is not the person...
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...Chekhov’s masterful last play, The Cherry Orchard, is a work of timeless, bittersweet beauty about the fading fortunes of an aristocratic Russian family and their struggle to maintain their status in a changing world. Alternately touching...

Details are Important

James Thomas

James Thomas is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. He received his BA from St. Ambrose College, MA from Villanova University, and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Mt. Holyoke College and Marquette University, and was Associate Dean of the School of Theatre at Florida State University. He was Chair of the Department of Theatre at Wayne State University from 1994–1999 and Interim Chair of the merged Department of Theatre and Dance 2010–2012. In 2001, he established a Study Abroad Program with the Moscow Art Theatre School, which program is now in its 15th year of continuous operation. He has translated the books of the legendary Russian director Anatoly Efros and is presently working on a translation of the rehearsal journals for Efros’s ground–breaking production of Anton Chekhov’s play, The Seagull. He is author of Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, which is now in its fifth edition and the standard text in the field. His is recipient of the Service Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Outstanding Mentor Award and Murray Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Award from Wayne State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Director’s Guide to Stanislavsky’s Active Analysis : Including the Formative Essay on Active Analysis by Maria Knebel

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...When the actor generally understands the effective line of a role, when he comes to understand the logic, sequence and value of the main facts of the characters’ lives, we come back to the beginning of the play once again. Now, we start...

The Drunks

Translated by

Nina Raine

~playauthor~Written by~ Mikhail and Vyacheslav Durnenkov , Nina Raine ~playauthor~Translated by~ Nina Raine

Nick Hern Books, 2009

NHB Modern Plays

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Scenes: 21, Roles: Total (32), Female (5), Male (27), Unassigned (0)

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...Nina Raine adapted this satirical play for the RSC as part of their four-year celebration of Russian Theatre. Its original authors, Russian brothers Mikhail and Vyacheslav Durnenkov, have written over thirty plays, both individually...

Fathers and Sons

Written by

Brian Friel

~playauthor~Written by~ Brian Friel

Faber and Faber, 1999

Faber Drama

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (15), Female (6), Male (9), Unassigned (0)

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...Set in rural Russia of the mid-nineteenth century. A brilliant, anarchic young medical student, Bazarov, arrives at the provincial family villa of his best friend, Arkady, for the summer vacation. He wants to despise the family...