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Chekhov And Maria at The Barrow Group Theatre

John Stark Productions presents Chekhov and Maria, by Jovanka Bach, at the Barrow Group Theatre from the 7 - 30 Jul 2006.

Set in Yalta in the early 1900s, Chekhov and Maria is a bittersweet portrait of the famed Russian playwright. With his health rapidly deteriorating, Anton struggles to complete his masterwork The Cherry Orchard. At his side is his possessive sister Maria, prodding him to write while strictly maintaining her brothers affairs and keeping him away from his new wife Olga.

Directed by John Stark, Chekhov and Maria features Ron Bottitta and Gillian Brashear.

Costume design is by Zale Morris, with lighting by Joe Morrissey and sound by Harold Wolf.

The posthumous production pays tribute to director John Stark's wife, playwright Jovanka Bach, who succumbed after a long battle with cancer in January 2006.

Jovanka Bach wrote over a dozen plays while working as a full time medical practitioner (much like Chekhov himself) in LA. Her plays include 'O'Neill's Ghosts', 'Sylvie and A Matter of the Heart', 'Mercy Warren's Tea' and 'Name Day'.

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