Running time: One hour and 30 minutes, no intermission

"It is natural for men to tell tales, and I suppose the short story was created in the night of time when the hunter, to beguile the leisure of his fellows when they had eaten and drunk their fill, narrated by the cavern fire some fantastic incident he had heard of."  --Somerset Maugham

A holiday. An unexpected storm. Three friends. Three stories. "The Little Trilogy" is the collection of these interwoven stories written by Chekhov in 1898. The veterinary surgeon Ivan Ivanovitch and his schoolmaster friend Burkin are spending a few days on holiday trekking and shooting. On the first night the storytelling commences with Burkin's tale of The Man in a Case . The next afternoon the rain begins and the two men seek shelter at their landowner friend Alekhin's house. Later that evening Ivan Ivanovitch weaves the story of Gooseberries . Alekhin's tale About Love is told at lunch the next day before these storytellers return to homes and their lives. Balancing humor and heartache, beauty and ugliness, the pathetic and the sublime, "The Little Trilogy" is a true showcase of the breadth and depth of Chekhov's gift for storytelling. 

The holiday season is almost upon us; and though not Maugham's imagined hunters in the cavern or Chekhovian characters at the hearth, we are sure to find ourselves surrounded by friends and family in post-dinner humors where stories old and new unfold and are told around fireplaces and dinner tables. May your stories be rich and may your holidays be bright. 

Part of the series: The Great Soul of Russia

Seagull The 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 had 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 produced Chekhov's Three Sisters in January of 2015. Learn more about The Seagull Project at www.theseagullproject.org .