Adapting Chekhov

Our latest production, The Treatment, is an adaptation of the Anton Chekhov short story, Ward 6. Although this is not one of Chekhov’s best know works today, it was published to great acclaim in 1892.  It explores the conflict between reality and philosophy—namely, how people intellectualize reality to justify their own inaction.

Here is how the Checkhov’s Ward 6 begins:

In the hospital yard there stands a small lodge surrounded by a perfect forest of burdocks, nettles, and wild hemp. Its roof is rusty, the chimney is tumbling down, the steps at the front-door are rotting away and overgrown with grass, and there are only traces left of the stucco. The front of the lodge faces the hospital; at the back it looks out into the open country, from which it is separated by the grey hospital fence with nails on it. These nails, with their points upwards, and the fence, and the lodge itself, have that peculiar, desolate, God-forsaken look which is only found in our hospital and prison buildings.

If you are interested in exploring the original story, click here.

This production does more than simply adapt the story for the stage.  I don’t want to give too much away, but suffice to say our collaboration with Theatre Movement Bazaar will transform Ward 6 into a music and movement based experience unlike anything Chekhov himself would have imagined.

If you are interested in seeing this for yourself, click here and buy a ticket.  Previews begin February 16.  The show opens February 25 and runs through March 25.  If you are especially curious to learn more about how the story was adapted, you should attend the post-show discussion with Richard Alger, author of the text for The Treatment, on Sunday, March 11 after the 2pm performance.

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