Running Time: Two hours with one 15-minute intermission

In 1888, Anton Chekhov, criticized for his perceived pessimism, set out to write a play with a happy ending. The result was The Wood Demon—the last of his plays to have a clear hero in Michael Khrushov, the doctor and environmentalist whose nickname gives the play its title.

September presents a rare opportunity to peek inside the great doctor's ditty bag with a glimpse at this seldom produced comedy, which would become the basis for Chekhov's later masterpiece, Uncle Vanya. Richard Ziman directs, featuring Mark Anders, Eric Ray Anderson, Christine Marie Brown, Suzy Hunt, Mark Jenkins, Peter Jacobs, Kelly Kitchens, Alex Matthews, Larry Paulsen, Peter Dylan O’Connor, and Allie Pratt.

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 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