ANTON, HIMSELF: First & Last
A Solo Play in which...
The world's 2nd most produced playwright
comes upon YOU in his study
and confides in you
::: Your First Act takes place October 18, 1896,
the day after Chekhov’s disastrous opening of THE SEAGULL.
::: Your Last Act takes place January 16, 1904,
the day before Chekhov’s triumphant & final opening - of THE CHERRY ORCHARD.
::: Both days were challenging, but also essential to him, and for us.
Anton, Himself (First) was commissioned and produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, published in Moscow art theatre, a monograph for ATL’s Russian Classics in Context Festival
Then it was exported by Artistic Director Oleg Yefremov to his Moscow Art Theatre, and to the Yalta Festival in Russia.
Next it was performed at Peoples Light & Theatre Company, Malvern PA, together with Masha, Too, which PLT had commissioned to accompany it, and then at the Chekhov Now Festival in New York, and the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Anton, Himself (Last) was commissioned by Roger Ellis and produced at Michigan State University, Allendale to accompany Anton, Himself (First).
WHAT ELSE THEY SAY ABOUT ANTON
“Sunde opens the door for us upon that fascinating, tangled world of the writer in his most intimate moments of creating new work. ...what adds great richness to the underlying comedy is...that here (he) will turn his uncertain career around.”
Roger Ellis, ed, SCENES AND MONOLOGS FROM
THE BEST NEW PLAYS, Meriwether Publishing.
“An evening in the mind of...Chekhov. ...beautifully sublime portrayal of a man”
“Torn between his passion and his pragmatism...an intensely personal side of the author is revealed…a real treat.”
“While viewers need know nothing about Chekhov to enjoy (Anton, Himself), Sunde interlards the action with jokes...intriguing to knowledgeable viewers.
“In inquiring about our past, Sunde remarks upon our future. That she does so with a sure histrionic sense is a guarantee that her work will endure in the American theatre after our more commercial fare has proven ephemeral.”