Readings of Chekhov Shorter Stories  

During our collective confinement, we might come to cherish and even celebrate our quiet time and the expanse

of our imagination.

With this in mind, we thought it would be fun to record some of Chekhov's shorter stories. 

We have kept it modest; a short story, a storyteller, and a phone microphone, recorded in one take. 


We will one day recover our freedoms and our theatres will be full again. Until then, take care of yourselves and

others, and enjoy these simple tales.



Susan Coyne reads A Work of Art
00:00 / 11:04

 A Work of Art lampoons a set of characters bound by social morals, and also reveals Chekhov as a wry humorist.

Joseph Ziegler reads The Student
00:00 / 09:37

Set on Good Friday, The Student  is the story of a young seminary student who discovers how the past continues to affect the present. It is one of Chekhov’s most optimistic tales about connection and hope.

Nancy Palk reads Sarah Bernhardt ...
00:00 / 05:52

This comedic tale is one of Chekhov's earliest writings and was a surprise to readers for whom a story had a beginning, middle and end. It was written as a series of telegrams and notes sent between patrons around Moscow, as Sarah Bernhardt comes to town.

David Storch reads Questions Posed by a Mad Mathematician
00:00 / 02:44

This palette cleanser of a story (it is brief at under 3 minutes) is composed of a list of absurd questions posed by a mad mathematician, and could easily fit into a Monty Python sketch. 

Rena Polley reads A Slander
00:00 / 11:28

Like most Chekhov stories, A Slander has no beginning or end, and is  simply offered up for inspection. This comedic tale reflects the behaviour of a society and it’s concern with public image. .

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