This true story of ANTON Chekhov begins
backstage, at the disastrous opening of THE SEAGULL...
…where we meet a country doctor, enchanting to women, whose passion for theatre was both life and death to him-
A luminous actress for whom he wrote,
and their impossible love-
And a company of amateurs inspired
to change the theatre, forever.
THE STORY INCLUDES-
- Bewitching LIKA, whom ANTON will
not take and cannot let go;
- Valiant sister MASHA, who gives up
her happiness for his career;
- His stormy partnership with the
irrepressible KONSTANTIN Stanislavski;
- His star-crossed marriage to brilliant
- His final clash with KONSTANTIN over
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
The on-stage company invokes the magic
of theatre to tell their story, and as one,
give birth to the Moscow Art Theatre.
VILLAGE VOICE - "VOICE CHOICE"
OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE -
----------------------------------------- TO MOSCOW
Also appears in Scenes & Monologs from the Best New Plays. Ed. Roger Ellis, Meriwether Press
THIS PROJECT OWES ITS BIRTH to...
the upbeat creative buzz that permeates
at the New Hampshire Institute of Art
- a magical place!
Now sponsors a reading of screenplay in which a Hollywood director embarks on his final film: an adaptation of the play
TO MOSCOW, in which he plays Stanislavski:
SEE ALSO... CHEKHOVS AT HOME -3 plays:
Please God No Wedding or Shooting
at the End!
Anton Himself, and Masha Too
Playwright's note: As soon as To Moscow
was out there, people began asking for more plays about Chekhov, so before I
was done 3 more "Chekhov" plays had
been commissioned by:
Actors' Theatre of Louisville
People's Light & Theatre Company, Malvern,PA, and by
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, NY.
WHAT 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"
"Tragicomic, pure, and delicious...absurdly charming...delightfully grand"
"intriguing...all quickly, skillfully drawn and effectively portrayed...
"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
"The performances vibrate with the energy and sense of ensemble that brings people to the theatre"
Off-Off Broadway Review
'"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)
TO MOSCOW by Karen Sunde
OUR WARM THANKS to:
Photo courtesy of and thanks to Murray Ross
TO MOSCOW productions
Chain Lightning Theatre