Chekhov Studio, the theatre troupe attached to the Museum-estate of Anton Chekhov, is set to stage Chekhov’s plays at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on February 9 and 10 on invitation from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
The Russian troupe will stage a three hour performance of Chekhov’s Seagull on February 9 at the National Theater Hall of BSA.
The play, which was written by Anton Chekhov in 1895 and directed by Vladimir Baicher, dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between the four main characters: a storywriter, an ingénue, a fading actress and her son, who is a playwright. The production attempts to achieve a sense of continuation and universality of the truth and the contradiction in any creative artist.
On the evening of February 10, the troupe will stage another play of Chekhov’s – The Bear – at the Studio Theater Hall, BSA. Apart from the plays, the troupe will also interact with local theatre artists and conduct workshops.
The Theatre and Performance Studies department of University of Dhaka, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Embassy of Russia in Bangladesh have jointly organised the programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
Based at the Museum-estate of Anton Chekhov in the village of Melikhovo in the Moscow region, Chekhov Studio was established in 2009 when it staged its first production of Chekhov’s vaudeville, The Bear. At present, the company has fourteen productions in its repertoire, many of which are plays by Chekhov or based on his short stories.