Michael Pennington: Chekhov in Siberia

Sun 26 Nov / Quarterhouse

In this powerful one-man performance, actor and scholar Michael Pennington brings to life Anton Chekhov’s 4,000 miles’ journey across Russia to conduct a survey of the penal colonies on Sakhalin Island in 1890. Speaking Chekhov’s words in the first person, Pennington conjures broken shafts of springless carriages, a pond of light cast by a tallow candle in a hovel and moving vignettes of encounters along the way. Although the journey and the subsequent three-month sojourn on the island were gruelling beyond belief, especially for a man who did not enjoy good health, there were lights in the darkness.

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