Curated and Directed by Julie Briskman
Running Time: 90 minutes including intermission

"Lice consume the grass, rust consumes the iron, and lying the soul.  Art does not tolerate a lie.  You can tell lies in in love, politics, medicine...but you cannot practice deception in art."  – Anton Chekhov

Join us for an evening that is all Chekov, glorious Chekhov! Julie Briskman curates and directs a special GSOR dedicated to the man himself. Delve into Chekhov's earlier works "Anyuta," "The Witch," "Polinka," and "Volodya," read by Alex Matthews, Sydney Andrews, and CT Doescher.

Part of the series: The Great Soul of Russia

SeagullThe Seagull Project was formed out of a passion for the great works of Anton Chekhov. Having met and collaborated on Seattle Shakespeare Company's wildly successful Threepenny Opera in 2011, the founding producers immediately sought a new collaboration; one which allowed the actors to take the time needed to create an ensemble and honor the work of Chekhov with bravery, honesty, simplicity, and elegance. In January of 2013, they opened The Seagull in ACT's Falls Theatre, garnering both audience and critical acclaim. In April of 2014, The Seagull Project will have the great distinction of becoming the first American ensemble in history to perform at the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan - a Seattle sister city. Upon their return, they will begin work on Chekhov's Three Sisters, which will be produced through the Central Heating Lab in 2015, ACT's 50th anniversary year. Learn more about The Seagull Project at www.theseagullproject.org.

A Note from Julie Briskman, Director of "Chekhov is my Boyfriend" and Curator of The Great Soul of Russia series:

The short stories of Anton Chekhov are an inexhaustible treasure of humanity and wisdom. It is Chekhov more then any other artist who created the modern short story. He works without artifice; we experience above all his humane intelligence and perception. With subtlety and passion he wrote what he believed. His voice is unique, his art timeless. To quote author Leonard Michaels:

Few writers inspire the sort of adoration Chekhov inspires because of his very plain and natural capacity to tell us about ourselves, as anyone might, or would, or should if, generally speaking anyone were a bit more intelligent, observant, or compassionate. His work is distinguished by the subtle illumination of souls not minds, and it has the sort of power we expect in angels rather then writers.