The Russian writer and physician Anton P. Chekhov was born in 1860 and died of tuberculosis on July 2, 1904. To mark the centenary year of his death, conferences and celebrations of Chekhov’s life and work are being held around the world, from Russia to Germany and the U.K. to Sri Lanka, Japan, and Canada. Colby College is doing its part to see that the United States takes note of this anniversary date.
Anton Chekhov is equally famous as the most influential master of the modern short story and as a playwright whose innovations helped launch modern drama. His four major plays—The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard—are performed second in frequency only to the plays of shakespeare in theaters worldwide.
The Chekhov Centenary Festival has been designed for both the general public and the campus community. It offers Chekhov fans and those who might not be familiar with Chekhov the opportunity to attend film and stage performances of his plays, as well as lectures and a course on Chekhov. All are welcome, too, at the academic panels that will occur October 7-9, where scholars and writers will offer cutting-edge discussions of Chekhov. Events are free of charge—with one exception ("Seagull”).