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