Windsor University, director Liza Balkan, photo by David Court

See also
CHEKOVS AT HOME



Windsor U, director Liza Balkan, photo by David Court

Andrew Iles photo by David Court

TO MOSCOW

"Tragicomic, pure, and delicious...absurdly charming...delightfully grand" TimeOut


This breathlessly romantic true story begins backstage on the disastrous opening night of THE SEAGULL...

A country doctor enchanting to women - whose passion for theatre was both life and death to him - The luminous actress for whom he wrote and their impossible love - A company of amateurs inspired to challenge and change the possible, forever.

We meet: bewitching Lika, whom he will not take and cannot let go; his valiant sister Masha, who gives up her happiness; Chekhov's stormy partnership with irrepressible Stanislavski; his star-crossed marriage to Olga Knipper; the final clash over his Cherry Orchard... This ensemble, using the magic of theatre "makes" the story unfold, giving birth to the Moscow Art Theatre.


CRITICS say---

"...the remarkable To Moscow...emerges as an important work ... (Sunde) juxtaposes humor and suspense and grief and elation, leaving us not the tiniest fraction of a moment to stop feeling intensely..." PLAYS INTERNATIONAL

"tragicomic, pure, and delicious...absurdly charming...delightfully grand" TimeOut

"intriguing...all quickly, skillfully drawn and effectively portrayed...becomes thrilling" BACKSTAGE

"The performances vibrate with the energy and sense of ensemble that brings people to the theatre" Off-Off Broadway Review

"Sunde makes us love her characters the way the Moscow Theatre actors grew to love the 'ridiculous' Ranevskia of The Cherry Orchard. ...To Moscow is a wonderful, moving, memorable play." New York Trends

VILLAGE VOICE -- "VOICE CHOICE"
OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE -- "Recommended" list

" 'A Warm, Humane Play' ...passionate...extremely strong characterization and dramatic web...Chekhov's life in the theatre, blended with love..." MILLIYET ARTS AND LITERATURE MAGAZINE (Ankara, Turkey)
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SEE ALSO... CHEKHOVS AT HOME -- Anthology containing three plays:
Please God No Wedding or Shooting at the End, Anton Himself, Masha Too

Playwright's note: As soon as To Moscow was out there, people began asking me for more plays about Chekhov, so before I was done three more "Chekhov" plays had been commissioned - by Actors' Theatre of Louisville, by People's Light and Theatre Company, Malvern, PA, and by Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, New York.


Anton at right, Masha at left with Family Chekhov

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"delicious... delightfully grand." TIME OUT Outer Critics Circle, VOICE CHOICE
"Americana with the spirit of a musical!" - at Edinburgh Festival
"haiku-like clarity…hypnotically beautiful, emotionally dizzying." —Chicago Sun-Times
“Unforgettable... You wish it would stop, but know you’d feel robbed if it did.” NEW YORK TIMES E-book available Free
"primal emotions... dazzling... beautifully distilled script" Chicago Sun-Times
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