These three one-acts all begin with seemingly normal situations that lead to complete, comedic chaos. Situational irony is what binds these fun tales together and makes them relevant even today.
“The exploration of this play taught me that the creation of strong characters can result in genuine comedy,” said Director, Matt Walley, who played ‘The Bear’ in his sophomore year at Illinois State University. “Back then, in 1994, Russia weighed heavily on many Americans’ minds, as we were only three years out of the cold war. Today, the country is once again a household conversation due to the Sochi Olympics, President Putin, the imprisonment of members of Pussy Riot, and the Russian-American deal with Syria over the destruction of chemical weapons.”
Walley said that 20 years later, he is thrilled to be reinvestigating The Bear alongside two, additional one acts, The Proposal and The Dangers of Tobacco, as well as sharing Chekhov’s lessons with his BA Theatre students.
“In Chekhov’s farces, we see the depth of character for which he is known, and we see how that depth creates masterful comedy and universal, timeless relationships.”
Anton Chekhov is one of the most famous Russian playwrights, Walley said, and he reminds us that we are all human and that relationships – whether between couples or nations – are difficult, passionate, and worthwhile.
“The fine actors I have the privilege of working with are bringing these characters to life and finding the funny,” said Walley.
Dates & Times: Evenings: Feb 27 – March 1 at 8pm * Matinee: March 2 at 2pm
Place: Harold Dixon Directing Studio, Drama Bldg, Rm #116, on UA campus (SE corner of Speedway Blvd/Park)
Cost/Admission: All seats $7
Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162 or tickets.arizona.edu
Parking: Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Avenue just north of Speedway Blvd. Pre-paid parking is available for weekday evening performances. Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park.
If you have special needs for parking, please call UA Parking & Transportation Services at (520) 621-3550.
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