A Russian Play

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 4f

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A Russian Play

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In this very funny play, Nigro presents a richly textured Chekhovian universe, not a parody of a Chekhov play so much as a deep immersion in the atmosphere of Chekhov's work, played as a dark human farce. In the summer of 1900, Nikolay, a celebrated Russian writer, is visiting his friend Dr. Radetsky at the Volkonsky estate, where the eccentric and somewhat amorous widow Irina lives with her three beautiful daughters: Natasha, who is unhappily married to the tortured, jealous and dangerous Grigorayev, Katya, a teacher who is passionately interested in social reform and is trying unsuccessfully to teach the peasants to play the violin, and Anya, young and impressionable, who wants to be a writer and idolizes Nikolay. In fact, Nikolay has had an affair with Natasha at a seaside resort, and his arrival sets off a chain reaction of lust, jealousy and misunderstanding that threatens to get somebody killed in the gazebo. Radetsky can't stop falling in love, Nikolay can't stop women falling in love with him, Irina is trying to get Radetsky into the labyrinth, the three sisters quarrel over Nikolay, and Grigorayev has a gun and is determined to get to the bottom of things. A play that manages to be touching and tragic while remaining uproariously funny, this journey into a Chekhovian gazebo is a unique piece of work. 
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 4f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast




Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas ...

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