UAF 2005 (Chekhov one acts) Costumes by Tara Maginnis *
Chekhov bio *
In 1884 he began coughing up blood, which he undoubtedly recognized as the onset of tuberculosis.
Smelyansky: We're about to publish the letters in which he states that the Moscow Art Theatre misunderstood the play in 1904. Until the last day of his life, Chekhov felt the farcical aspects of life. Look at the letters from his last month in Germany. If he were able, he probably would have written a vaudeville about German life in a spa.
died -- July 14 or July 15 1904 in Badenweiler, Germany.
Chekhov: You say you have cried at my plays. And you are not he only ones. But this is not why I wrote them, it was Alekseev [Stanislavskii] who turned them into cry-babies. I wanted something else. I simply wanted to say to people honestly: 'Look at yourselves, look at how bad and boring your lives are!' The important thing is, that people should understand this, and when they understand it , they will, without fail, create themselves another and better life. I will not see it, but I know — it will be completely different, and nothing like this life. And until it arrives, I will say to people again and again: 'Understand, how bad and boring your lives are!' What is there in this to cry about? (qtd. in Allen 23)
"Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out." -- Anton Chekhov