Drama

Das Leben in Fragen und Ausrufen

Life as a Series of Questions and Exclamations
A box of notes about marriage
by Anton Chekhov
Performed in German, in a translation by Peter Urban

Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Tom Gerber, Nils Strunk
Photo: Andreas Etter
Tom Gerber
Photo: Andreas Etter
Sólveig Arnarsdóttir
Photo: Andreas Etter
Nils Strunk
Photo: Andreas Etter
Nils Strunk, Tom Gerber, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir
Photo: Andreas Etter
Tom Gerber, Nils Strunk, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir
Photo: Andreas Etter
Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Tom Gerber
Photo: Andreas Etter
Tom Gerber, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Nils Strunk
Photo: Andreas Etter
Tom Gerber, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Nils Strunk
Photo: Andreas Etter
Tom Gerber, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Nils Strunk
Photo: Andreas Etter
Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Nils Strunk
Photo: Andreas Etter
Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Nils Strunk
Photo: Andreas Etter
Tom Gerber, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Nils Strunk
Photo: Andreas Etter
Nils Strunk, Tom Gerber, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir
Photo: Andreas Etter

Between 1880 and 1892, largely in an attempt to supplement his income, the young Anton Chekhov penned a plethora of imaginative humoresques, essays and stories which appeared mainly in tabloids, family magazines and humour pages. Befitting the medium of print, these bagatelles are less literary than the more serious Chekhov we know from his mature plays, yet they are significant in their power and bold frivolity. Here he proudly steps forward as the joker, masterfully satirizing the social world around him. Chekhov expanded only a few of the texts into his famous one-act plays, and the rest remain mostly unknown to the stage, even today.
 
In a cheeky yet subject-appropriate collage, we bring this treasure trove of uncut diamonds to the stage, transforming the collection of journalistic miniatures into unbridled theatrical fun.